FDA flags sale of recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal

14 July, 2018, 02:10 | Author: Darrell Lopez
  • FDA: Retailers cannot legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following recall

U.S. 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.

"Do not eat this cereal", the agency declared on Twitter. This brings the total number of illnesses to 100 people since March, although the outbreak was not announced until June.

The FDA said on Thursday it would follow up with retailers to prevent the sale of the product. "Retailers can not legally offer the cereal for sale and consumers should not purchase Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal".

At the time, there were a number of salmonella cases in New England, including five in MA and one in New Hampshire. Within 12 to 72 hours after infection, fever, stomach aches, and diarrhea begin.




"All Honey Smacks cereal was recalled in June 2018". While most recover within a week, some illnesses can last longer and be more severe. Florida has two people sick. No deaths have been reported, the CDC said. About 450 people die in the United States each year from salmonella.

One hundred people are confirmed with infections from Salmonella Mbandaka, with 30 having been admitted to hospitals, according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention.

Regardless of the expiration date, the CDC says you should throw away the cereal or return it to a retailer for a refund.

The CDC warns the public not to eat any Honey Smacks cereal from any size package and with any "best if used by" date. 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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