Put The Honey Smacks Down, CDC Warns After Salmonella Outbreak


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal is still being offered for sale despite being recalled in June.

The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in June they were investigating the outbreak, which was also been linked to more than 60 illnesses and at least 31 hospitalizations in five states. Of those 100, 30 are known to be hospitalized. Products with a "best if used by" date between June 14, 2018 and June 14, 2019 in several sizes have been recalled, but the FDA has recommended consumers avoid any box of the cereal.

The FDA is sending out this reminder because it has learned some retailers are still selling the cereal.

"Retailers can not legally offer the cereal for sale and consumers should not purchase Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal", Thursday's FDA update said. "The public is urged to report any product being offered for sale". Samples of the facility's environment and the product collected during the FDA's inspection match the outbreak strain of salmonella mbandaka, the agency said.

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Symptoms for salmonella infection, which lasts about four to seven days, include diarrhoea, fever and abdominal cramps.

Some cases turn so severe that patients need to be hospitalized. Pennsylvania (8), MA (7), and California (6) have the most cases, but illnesses are widespread and affecting all ages.

Florida and Colorado are the latest states to report illnesses as part of the outbreak, bringing the total number of states affected to 33.