Glass Found in Special K Cereal: Don’t Eat the Broken Glass

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Lean Cuisine also recalled their ravioli just a few weeks ago. Photo by: Kim Scarborough

Lean Cuisine also recalled their ravioli just a few weeks ago. Photo by: Kim Scarborough

Food Dangers: Glass and Debris Found

Kellogg’s isn’t the first company to recall food for having glass pieces and they have recalled products before for having debris in their products. Last year, for example, Kellogg’s recalled their Mini-Wheats frosted and unfrosted cereals due to the possibility of flexible metal mesh fragments in the cereal.

Just a few weeks ago, Nestlé Prepared Foods recalled their Lean Cuisine ravioli due to the possibility of glass being in the food. Three customers found glass in their mushroom ravioli, but there have been no reports of injuries in this recall either.

What Happens If You Do Eat Glass?

In the event that you do realize that you or your kids have accidentally eaten glass, you first need to call your doctor. Usually foreign objects are passed through the gastrointestinal tract body and then passed through the rectum. However, objects that are sharp and jagged like glass can cause problems.

According a case report published in the Indian Journal of Surgery, these objects can cause complications like impaction, which can lead to intestinal obstruction, ulceration, perforation, and bleeding, which may require surgery. Call your doctor or go to the emergency room if you have bleeding in your stool or vomiting blood.

Proactive Consumers

There seem to be a lot of recalls in our food system, from salmonella in chocolate milk mix to the current issues with glass in Special K cereal. It may feel like there isn’t anything you can do, but there are always alternatives. Although it takes time, making your own meals lets you control what goes into your meal, from the nutrients to the extras like wire mesh and glass pieces. A little extra time maybe worth it, if it means you don’t have to worry about finding something like glass in your breakfast.

Resources:

CBS News. Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries recalled for glass fragments. (2013). Accessed February 21, 2013.

CBS News. Kellogg’s recalls Mini Wheats due to metal pieces. (2012). Accessed February 21, 2013.

Kellogg’s Company. Alerts. (2013). Accessed February 21, 2013.

U.S.Food and Drug Administration. Nestle Prepared Foods Compant Announces Voluntary Recall of Lean Cuisine Culinary Collection Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli. (2013). Accessed February 21, 2013.

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