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

Jul 14, 2018, 02:11
‘Do not eat this cereal’: CDC links Honey Smacks, salmonella

U.S. health officials have issued a blunt warning for people to avoid Honey Smacks, a popular breakfast cereal linked to a salmonella outbreak.

"Do not eat any Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of package size or best-by date", it said. "The FDA has learned that some retailers are still selling this product".

The warning came less than a month after the company launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces the cereal after being contacted by the Food & Drug Administration and CDC regarding reported illnesses. Over 70 cases had already been confirmed and linked to the cereal, and Kellogg's was in the middle of a massive recall to get the product pulled from shelves. "Additionally, the public is urged to report any product being offered for sale to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their region". The sick people are spread across 33 states.

Investigators have laboratory confirmation that the outbreak strain of Salmonella Mbandaka is in the manufacturing facility and in unopened packages of the cereal.

According to the FDA, retailers can't legally offer the cereal for sale.

"The FDA has become aware that recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal are still being offered for sale", the agency said in a statement. The first cases were reported in March and the most recent ones on July 2. No deaths have been reported in this outbreak.

Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and typically present 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria.

Symptoms last about four to seven days, and although most people improve without treatment, some may require hospitalization because of severe diarrhea.

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