Kellogg's Honey Smacks: CDC warns consumers "Do not eat this cereal"

Lynn Cook
July 14, 2018

Though Kellogg recalled all Honey Smacks from shelves in June when they were linked to a salmonella outbreak, the FDA said Thursday that it has received reports of some stores still selling the cereal.

In June, Kellogg said it was investigating the third-party manufacturer that produces Honey Smacks after it was contacted by the FDA and CDC about the illness.

A total of 100 people have been sickened as a result; 30 people have been hospitalized.

Investigators have laboratory confirmation that the outbreak strain of Salmonella Mbandaka is in the manufacturing facility and in unopened packages of the cereal.

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According to the CDC, children under 5 are at the highest risk of being infected by salmonella, which is a bacterial disease that affects the intestines. No deaths have been reported.

"Even if some of the cereal has been eaten and no one got sick, throw the rest of it away or return it for a refund", the CDC advised.

"Retailers can not legally offer the cereal for sale and consumers should not purchase Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal", Thursday's FDA update said. Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.

The sugary puffed wheat cereal has been the subject of a recall by Kellogg's since mid-June.

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Kellogg's Honey Smacks have been linked to a salmonella outbreak in 33 states. "Retailers can not legally offer the cereal for sale and consumers should not purchase Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal".

The illness usually lasts about four to seven days.

Additionally, if you stored the tainted cereal in any kind of a reusable container you'll need to wash and sanitize that container before you use it again.

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