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

Kenny Tucker
July 14, 2018

The Salmonella outbreak linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal has now spread to 33 states, including Florida.

"Do not eat this cereal".

In a new update to the outbreak timeline, the FDA now reveals that 100 people have been infected with Salmonella as a result of eating the cereal.

The FDA is sending out this reminder because it has learned some retailers are still selling the cereal.

In June, Kellogg said it was investigating the third-party manufacturer that produces Honey Smacks after it was contacted by the FDA and CDC about the illness.

Health officials said people get sick from Salmonella 12 to 72 hours after ingesting the germ, and experience diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. By June 14, Kellogg's issued a recall order on the product.

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The agency says it found salmonella in samples of Honey Smacks, which has been subject to a voluntary recall by Kellogg since mid-June. No deaths have been reported in the latest outbreak.

The illness usually lasts about four to seven days.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged consumers: "Do not eat this cereal".

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal is still being offered for sale despite being recalled in June.

"There have been 73 ill people reported from 31 states, including 24 people who have been hospitalized". However, people in high-risk groups, which include children, older adults, pregnant women and anyone with a compromised immune system can develop serious complications which require hospitalization.

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