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

Henrietta Brewer
July 13, 2018

A salmonella outbreak linked to a popular Kellogg's cereal has infected 100 people, the United States' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday (July 12).

The CDC says that regardless of expiration date, the cereal should be thrown away or returned to a retailer for a refund.

In June, Kellogg said it was investigating the third-party manufacturer that produces Honey Smacks after it was contacted by the FDA and CDC about the illness. More than 100 people have become sick and 30 were hospitalized.

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 statement said salmonella strains had been found in both unopened and leftover samples of Honey Smacks at several locations. The two states added to the outbreak are Florida and Colorado.

Right now there are no other Kellogg products impacted by the recall.

The CDC warned customers, saying "Do not eat this cereal".

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.

People infected with Salmonella may have symptoms including diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.

The recalled products also can be identified by the UPC code on the bottom of the boxes.

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