'Do not eat Honey Smacks cereal,' CDC warns amid salmonella outbreak

Cheryl Sanders
July 14, 2018

"Retailers can not legally offer the cereal for sale and consumers should not purchase Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal", Thursday's FDA update said.

Retailers should not sell or serve Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal. "The FDA has learned that some retailers are still selling this product".

U.S. health officials have issued a stark warning against eating Honey Smacks, the popular Kellogg's breakfast cereal, after it was linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people in 33 states across the country in the past month.

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Kelloggs voluntarily began recalling the cereal in June.

Illnesses were first reported on March 3, and the most recent case was found on July 2.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that, since their last update on June 14th, new cases were reported in Florida and Colorado, and an additional 27 people have fallen ill.

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The CDC says regardless of the expiration date the cereal should be thrown away immediately or returned for a refund. They usually disappear after four to seven days.

The warning came less than a month after the company launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces the cereal after being contacted by the Food & Drug Administration and CDC regarding reported illnesses.

The recalled products also can be identified by the UPC code on the bottom of the boxes. Most healthy individuals recover without the need for treatment, although Infants, older adults, and people with a weakened immune system are at an increased risk of serious complications.

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