'Do Not Eat' Kellogg's Honey Smacks Cereal, CDC Warns

Pearl Mccarthy
July 14, 2018

Updates from the CDC and FDA say Honey Smacks of all package sizes and best-by dates should be thrown out.

The FDA said on Thursday it would follow up with retailers to prevent the sale of the product. At least 30 of the 100 people have been hospitalized; no deaths have been reported, the CDC said.

The recalled products had use by dates of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019 and involved the cereals' 15.3 ounce and 23 oz. packages. "The public is urged to report any product being offered for sale".

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

The company voluntarily recalled the cereal last month, but the FDA says it's apparently still on grocery shelves and in kitchen cupboards, reports CNN. Cases have come in from 33 states and roughly one-third of those affected have had to be hospitalized.

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"Do not eat this cereal", the agency declared on Twitter.

According to the FDA, retailers can't legally offer the cereal for sale.

Meanwhile, the number of sick people continues to increase. The first cases were reported in March and the most recent ones on July 2. No deaths have been reported, the CDC said.

Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and typically present 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria. 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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