Salmonella linked to Honey Smacks cereal sickens 100 in 33 states

The Food and Drug Administration says retails still can not legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following a recall.

The FDA said on Thursday it would follow up with retailers to prevent the sale of the product. The recall was issued June 14.

"Products with earlier dates could also potentially be contaminated", says the FDA update. Among 77 with available information, 30 (39%) have been hospitalized, the FDA said. Pennsylvania (8), MA (7), and California (6) have the most cases, but illnesses are widespread and affecting all ages. The most recent of the illnesses was reported to the CDC on July 2, 18 days after the first recall notice.

Common effects of salmonella is the result of a fever, cramps, or diarrhea within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria. The source of the outbreak remains under investigation.

The salmonella illnesses started in March and may include more cases than those reported so far, officials said, because it takes an average of two to four weeks before they're reported to the CDC.

The CDC announced Thursday that customers should avoid Honey Smacks, tweeting, "Do not eat this cereal".

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

The CDC now advises that anyone who has purchased the cereal return it for a refund or throw it out completely regardless of an expiration date.


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