— CDC (@CDCgov) July 12, 2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a popular Kellogg’s cereal has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has infected 100 people in 33 states.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a popular Kellogg’s cereal has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has infected 100 people in 33 states. The CDC tweeted Thursday that customers should avoid Honey Smacks. “Do not eat this cereal,” the warning read.
The agency says it found salmonella in samples of Honey Smacks, which has been subject to a voluntary recall by Kellogg since mid-June.
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.
The CDC says that regardless of expiration date, the cereal should be thrown away or returned to a retailer for a refund.
Recall and Advice to Consumers and Retailers
On June 14, 2018, the Kellogg Company recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.
Advice to Consumers
- Do not eat recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal in any size packaging.
- Check your home for the recalled cereal and throw it away, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.
- Even if some of the cereal was 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 another container without the packaging and don’t remember the brand or type, throw it away.
- Kellogg’s Honey Smacks is a sweetened puffed wheat cereal.
- Thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again, to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food.
Advice to Retailers
- Retailers should not sell or serve recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.
- Recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal has a “best if used by” date from June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019. The “best if used by” date is on the box top.
- The recalled 15.3 oz. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal has a UPC code of 38000 39103. The recalled 23.0 oz. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal has a UPC code of 38000 14810. The UPC code is on the bottom of the box.
Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from consuming recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.
- Most people infected with Salmonella develop the following signs and symptoms 12-72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria:
- Abdominal cramps