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

13 July, 2018, 15:34 | Author: Kara Nash
  • FDA: Retailers cannot legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following recall

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.

The FDA said on Thursday it would follow up with retailers to prevent the sale of the product.

The Centers for Disease Control is warning customers not to eat Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal after the breakfast was linked to 100 salmonella infections nationwide.

At least 30 of the 100 have been hospitalised, while no deaths have been reported, the CDC said.

This comes as the federal agency continues to investigate a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella. The CDC says health officials in several states collected Honey Smacks cereal from retail locations and ill people's homes for testing.


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.

When the Miami Herald filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the inspection of the facility, the FDA denied the request.

The CDC puts salmonella illnesses at 1.2 million per year in the United States, 1 million of which are caused by food.

Common effects of salmonella is the result of a fever, cramps, or diarrhea within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria. They usually disappear after four to seven days. The first cases of illness in this outbreak began with symptoms on March 3, and the most recent individuals began feeling ill on July 2. About 1.2 percent of people infected get severe diarrhea that leads to hospitalization. Florida has two people sick.

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