The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that thirty additional Salmonella Mbandaka infections have been reported since mid-July linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. In addition, outbreak cases have been reported in three additional states–Delaware, Maine, and Minnesota.
This brings the outbreak total to 130 cases in 36 states. Thirty-four of the people infected required hospitalization.
The Kellogg Company recalled all Honey Smacks products that were on the market within the cereal’s one-year shelf-life. However, Honey Smacks products with earlier dates could also potentially be contaminated. People who recently became ill report eating Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal that they had in their homes. Do not eat Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal of any size package or with any “best if used by” date.
FDA reports that recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal is still being sold in some locations, despite the recall earlier this summer.
CDC is advising the public to check your pantry to see if you have any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal in your home. If you have any of this cereal:
- Throw out the cereal 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. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks is an oval-shaped, sweetened puffed wheat cereal with a golden brown color.
- Thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again, to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food.
People get sick from Salmonella 12 to 72 hours after swallowing the germ and experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.
Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.
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