If you’re like the rest of us, you’ve been glued to the TV for Netflix’s adorably nostalgic sci-fi saga, “Stranger Things.” The series’ popularity has kicked Eggo waffles out of ’80s suburban obscurity and back into the world of pop-culture references, thanks to the show’s kick-ass girl hero, Eleven, and her Eggo obsession.
But, sadly for Eleven (and the rest of us), Kellogg’s has issued a voluntary recall of 10,000 cases of their signature Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles in 25 different states due to a possible listeria contamination.
Meaning that [SPOILER ALERT] Police Chief Jim Hopper probably should be leaving Eleven a safer food source than Eggos to sustain herself at the end of the series — wherever she is.
So if you’ve been stockpiling Eggos like Eleven (or you just happen to have a spare box in your freezer), you can find out if your Eggo waffles are part of the recall by the package. Look for boxes of 10 with the use-by dates of November 21 and 22, 2017.
Any packages found should be thrown out (and can be refunded via Kellogg’s) to avoid any possible listeria contamination.
The bacteria, which spreads through the gastrointestinal tract and nervous system, can cause fever, abdominal cramping, severe headache, nausea and stiffness in healthy people. While it can be treated with antibiotics, it can become more serious for those with weakened immune symptoms, children, the elderly and pregnant women.
But if you’re a real die-hard waffle fan like Eleven, it’s not all bad news: Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles are the only waffles with possible contamination, meaning the show’s second season and Eleven are safe from a sad, waffleless existence.
What Do YOU Think?
Are you a fan of Eggo Waffles like Eleven? Do you have any childhood memories of eating them? How does it feel to have a nostalgic food item like Eggos come back to popularity again? If you’re not an Eggo fan, what’s your favorite nostalgic breakfast item? How do you keep you and your family safe and informed about foodborne illnesses? Have you ever purchased food that was recalled? How well did the company deal with the issue? Share your stories, suggestions and questions in the comments section below!