Stay away from Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal at all costs, warns CDC

Alicia Farmer
September 5, 2018

Kellogg had in June made a decision to recall an estimated 1.3 million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal from more than 30 USA states due to the potential for salmonella contamination. The current outbreak has sent 34 people to the hospital, the CDC reports.

Delaware, Minnesota and ME are the latest states to join the list of 36 states where illnesses have been reported as part of the outbreak.

According to the FDA, retailers cannot legally sell the cereal as well, and anyone selling the cereal should be reported to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their region. The numbers have grown since the recall was first announced in June, when 73 people were sickened. "This advice applies to Honey Smacks in any size package and with any "best if used by" date", the CDC said in a statement. The outbreak is still spreading: three new states reported illnesses in August. "All Honey Smacks cereal was recalled in June 2018". Most people develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps that last a few days to a week and don't require treatment.

The cereal has a shelf life of one year and could still be in many people's homes, the CDC says.

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If you store cereal that looks like Kellogg's Honey Smacks in a container without the packaging and don't remember the brand or type, throw it away. If already purchased, consumers should throw it away or return to the place of purchase for a refund.

The FDA said in a press release that they are investigating a multi-state salmonella Mbandaka outbreak linked to the sweetened puffed wheat cereal.

The FDA urges anyone who sees Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal for sale to report it to the agency. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses.

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