Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

CDC says avoid this cereal after it was linked to salmonella

CDC says avoid this cereal after it was linked to salmonella

USA health officials have issued a stark warning against eating Honey Smacks, the popular Kellogg's breakfast cereal, after it was linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people in 33 states across the country in the past month.

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

The FDA is sending out this reminder because it has learned some retailers are still selling the cereal. This brings the total number of illnesses to 100 people since March, although the outbreak was not announced until June. The Kellogg Company recalled the cereal on June 14, 2018.

Public health officials have renewed their advice to consumers who have eaten of handled the recalled Honey Smacks to seek medical attention if they develop symptoms of Salmonella infection immediately. At that time, 73 people in 31 states had confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning.

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The agency has said that it has found salmonella stains in unopened and leftover samples of Honey Smacks. "The FDA has become aware that recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal are still being offered for sale".

"Even if some of the cereal has been eaten and no one got sick, throw the rest of it away or return it for a refund", it said. "No deaths have been reported", the agency reported on its website.

Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps within about 12 to 72 hours of exposure. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

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