The CDC had linked Honey Smacks to 100 individual salmonella infections in 33 different states, forcing Kellogg’s to recall the cereal. However, the FDA just announced that despite the recall the contaminated cereal was still being sold in numerous stores.
Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and typically present 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria. The first cases of illness in this outbreak began with symptoms on March 3, and the most recent individuals began feeling ill on July 2. While symptoms typically last up to seven days, and improve without treatment, some individuals may require hospitalization. As is the case for thirty people who have now been hospitalized due to this outbreak.
In a statement made by the CDC on their website it was advised to not eat any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks regardless of the labeled date, "Do not eat any Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of package size or best-by date. 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.".
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