MEMPHIS — A criminal and internal investigation is underway at Kellogg’s after a video surfaced online that appears to show a man filming himself urinating on products on an assembly line.
An internal investigation found it was recorded in 2014 at a facility in Memphis, Tennessee, the company said.
It potentially affected Rice Krispies Treats, Rice Krispies Treats cereal and puffed rice cake products — though all would be past their expiration date at this point.
The video was uploaded Friday to the site World Star Hip Hop.
Kris Charles, a Kellogg’s spokesman, said the company is “outraged by this completely unacceptable situation.”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has started a criminal investigation, according to WREG. The station said the video may have been shot during a labor dispute between Kellogg’s and employees who were locked out.
Kellogg sent the following statement:
“Kellogg takes this situation very seriously and we were shocked and deeply disappointed by this video that we just learned of yesterday. We immediately alerted law enforcement authorities and regulators. A criminal investigation is underway as well as a thorough internal investigation.
“Our investigation revealed that the video was recorded at our Memphis, TN facility, in 2014. Products that could have been potentially affected were Rice Krispies Treats, Rice Krispies Treats cereal and puffed rice cake products, all of which would be past expiration date.
“Food quality is of the utmost importance to Kellogg Company. We are outraged by this completely unacceptable situation, and we will work closely with authorities to prosecute to the full extent of the law.”