Bug larvae found in cereal in Kalamazoo kids’ food backpacks

Posted at 4:24 PM, Mar 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-18 16:26:40-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Some Kalamazoo kids who received weekend food backpacks last week went home with cereal containing bug larvae.

The Food Bank of South Central Michigan informed Kalamazoo Public Schools and Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes that some boxes of a shredded wheat cereal which were sent home with children last week contained the bug larvae.

The weekend food backpacks were distributed to about 600 kids in 12 elementary schools on March 10, as part of a Loaves & Fishes program.  The Food Bank provides the food for the backpacks.

The Food Bank says they found the contamination in a routine food safety inspection. All remaining product at the Food Bank was destroyed.

The cereal had a lot number of KBB 0211 on the top left corner of the box.  Anyone who has a box should throw it away in an outdoor garbage can.  Also, to be safe, anyone with anything left from last week’s food backpack, should throw away the contents.

The backpacks were distributed to:

  • Arcadia Elementary Edison Environmental Science Academy
  • King-Westwood Elementary
  • Lincoln International Studies School
  • Milwood Elementary
  • Northeastern Elementary
  • Northglade Montessori Magnet School
  • Parkwood-Upjohn Elementary School
  • Prairie Ridge Elementary
  • Spring Valley Center for Exploration
  • Woods Lake Elementary: A Magnet Center for the Arts
  • Woodward School for Technology and Research

Anyone with questions can call the Food Bank at 269-964-3663.