USA salmonella outbreak: 'Do not eat Honey Smacks,' shoppers told

FDA: Retailers cannot legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following recall

FDA: Retailers cannot legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following recall

Although Kellogg's recalled the cereals on June 14, the FDA reports that recalled packages of Honey Smacks cereal are still being offered for sale.

And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number sickened in the outbreak has reached 100 people in 33 states, the two latest states with ill people being Colorado and Florida.

"Even if some of the cereal has been eaten and no one got sick, throw the rest of it away or return it for a refund", the CDC said in a statement on its website.

Kellogg in June recalled an estimated 1.3 million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal from more than 30 USA states due to the potential for Salmonella contamination.

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


The FDA said on Thursday it would follow up with retailers to prevent the sale of the product.

The agency is urging consumers to avoid Honey Smacks, a sugary puffed wheat cereal which has been the subject of a recall by the company since mid-June. 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.

Consuming products contaminated with salmonella may result in serious illness, according to the CDC. Within 12 to 72 hours after infection, fever, stomach aches, and diarrhea begin.

Symptoms last about four to seven days, and although most people improve without treatment, some may require hospitalization because of severe diarrhea. Pennsylvania (8), MA (7), and California (6) have the most cases, but illnesses are widespread and affecting all ages.

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