Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

'Do not eat this cereal': CDC links Honey Smacks, salmonella

'Do not eat this cereal': CDC links Honey Smacks, salmonella

Kellogg in June recalled 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 FDA will continue to monitor this situation closely and follow up with retailers as we become aware of recalled products being offered for sale.

The number of people with salmonella linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal has grown to 100 across the U.S., prompting the CDC to issue a blunt warning via tweet: "Do not eat this cereal".

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. This brings the total number of illnesses to 100 people since March, although the outbreak was not announced until June. Samples of the facility's environment and the product collected during the FDA's inspection match the outbreak strain of salmonella mbandaka, the agency said.

Any consumers who store cereal that looks like Honey Smacks in a container without the packaging and don't remember the brand or type are advised to throw it away.

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All Honey Smacks products that were on the market within the cereal's one-year shelf-life have been recalled.

The agency has said that it has found salmonella stains in unopened and leftover samples of Honey Smacks. They usually disappear after four to seven days. About 450 people die in the United States each year from salmonella.

At the time, there were a number of salmonella cases in New England, including five in MA and one in New Hampshire.

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