The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is telling people not to eat Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, which has been linked to an outbreak of salmonella infections now numbering at least 100 people in 33 states.
In addition to finding the outbreak strain in the manufacturing plant and in unopened packages of Honey Smacks collected from consumers' homes, public health officials have confirmed the outbreak strain in unopened packages of the cereal collected from a retailer's shelves in California. The FDA will continue to monitor this situation closely and follow up with retailers as we become aware of recalled products being offered for sale.
Use or consumption of products contaminated with salmonella can result in serious illness, including fatal infections, fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, especially for young, frail or elderly people, according to the CDC. While most recover within a week, some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.
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Earlier this year, 210 people were infected by an E. coli outbreak that killed five people linked to romaine lettuce that had been grown in Arizona. "All Honey Smacks cereal was recalled in June 2018".
The sugary puffed wheat cereal has been the subject of a recall by Kellogg's since mid-June.
Regardless of the expiration date, the CDC says you should throw away the cereal or return it to a retailer for a refund. "No deaths have been reported", the agency reported on its website. The 15.3 oz. package's UPC code is 3800039103 and the 23 oz. package's UPC code is 3800014810.