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CDC investigates Salmonella in Honey Smacks cereal, warns “Do not eat”

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning the public not to eat Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal due to an outbreak of Salmonella that they and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating in multiple states.

“Do not eat any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of package size or best-by date. Check your home for it and throw it away, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund,” reads a statement by the CDC.

According to the CDC, Kellogg’s issued a recall on June 14. 100 people have fallen ill in 33 states since the recall was made. 30 of the 100 have been hospitalized, though no deaths have been reported.

Symptoms of Salmonella develop 12-72 hours exposure and include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Additional advice and details can be found on the CDC’s page on Salmonella in Honey Smacks.

The CDC has provided tips for those who have the cereal in their homes:

  • Retailers should not sell or serve Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.
  • 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.
  • If you store cereal that looks like Kellogg’s Honey Smacks in a container without the packaging and don’t remember the brand or type, throw it away.
    • Thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again, to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food.


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