Smack Those Honey Smacks Off Your Shelf: CDC

Roman Schwartz
September 6, 2018

The FDA urges anyone who sees Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal for sale to report it to the agency. Tennessee is included in that list.

In June, Kellogg's voluntarily recalled the cereal after reports it may be contaminated with salmonella and could make people sick.

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.

The cereal in question has a "BEST if Used By Date" of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019.

"Do NOT buy - retailers cannot legally sell", the FDA tweeted Tuesday.

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The CDC tweeted a warning to consumers not to "eat this cereal". "Check your home for it and throw it away or return it to the place of purchase for a refund", the CDC advised.

Some retailers have continued selling the cereal, despite the months-old recall, the CDC says. At that point, the agency had tracked the start of the illness back to March 2 in the United States, with impacted individuals ranging from toddler to 95-years-old.

"In the following weeks, the FDA, CDC, and state partners worked together to collect additional information to identify a food item of interest". Interviews with ill people allowed health partners to identify Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal as a possible source of the illnesses.

Illnesses from this outbreak date back to March 2018. And, most importantly, don't assume that a new box of Honey Smacks from the grocery store is safe. "The FDA has come aware that recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal is still being offered for sale". Kellogg's Honey Smacks is an oval-shaped, sweetened puffed wheat cereal with a golden brown color.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within 12-72 hours after exposure. "Healthy individuals typically recover in four to seven days with treatment", USA Today reported.

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