Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal Linked to 30 More Cases of Salmonella

 Alexa Lardieri
  6th-Sep-2018

THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE Control and Prevention is renewing warnings about a recalled cereal after it was linked to 30 additional illnesses.

The CDC announced Tuesday that Kellogg's Honey Smacks, which the company recalled on June 14, 2018, is "likely the source of this multistate outbreak" of salmonella. As of Aug; 30, 130 people in 36 states have reported becoming sick after consuming the cereal, and 34 people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Along with the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration is investigating the outbreak, which began on March 3, 2018. According to the FDA, the last illness onset was on Aug. 7. Officials warned that more cases could be added to the tally, due to the time it takes for the illnesses to be reported.

Although the cereal was recalled, the CDC said it was still being sold in some stores. The agency urged retailers not to sell or serve Honey Smacks and reminded consumers not to buy the product, regardless of the best-by date or package size. It also advised people to throw away the cereal in their homes and wash containers it may have been stored in to prevent harmful germs from contaminating other food.

Kellogg's recalled all Honey Smacks products within one year of the cereal's shelf life, but the CDC warned that products with earlier dates could potentially be contaminated as well.

According to the CDC, Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses per year. It results in 23,000 hospitalizations and causes 450 deaths. Food is the source of about 1 million illnesses, 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths.

Salmonella results in fever, abdominal cramps and severe diarrhea 12 to 72 hours after infection, with the illness lasting between four and seven days. Salmonella can become deadly if it travels from the intestines to the blood stream and a person is not treated.

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