Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

CDC warning on Kellogg's Honey Smacks: "Do not eat this cereal"

CDC warning on Kellogg's Honey Smacks:

The Centers for Disease Control is warning customers not to eat Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal after the breakfast was linked to 100 salmonella infections nationwide.

The CDC continued its consumer advisory issued on 12 July, saying that in the event a cereal "looks like Kellogg's Honey Smacks in a container without the packaging and don't remember the brand or type, throw it away".

At least 30 of the affected people have been hospitalized following the outbreak. Pennsylvania (8), MA (7), and California (6) have the most cases, but illnesses are widespread and affecting all ages. No deaths have been reported, the CDC said.

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The CDC says that regardless of expiration date, the cereal should be thrown away or returned to a retailer for a refund.

The statement said salmonella strains had been found in both unopened and leftover samples of Honey Smacks at several locations. Though the official recall notice covers boxes with a date from June 2018 to June 2019, federal health officials now say consumers shouldn't bother checking dates or sizes and just avoid all boxes. At that time, 73 people in 31 states had confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning.

According to Reuters, the company recalled an estimated 1.3 million cases of the cereal but the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Thursday that it believes the cereal is still being sold by some stores.

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