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

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

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

Popular children's cereal Honey Smacks has been linked to a massive salmonella outbreak that has infected 100 people.

An updated advisory from the CDC recommends that consumers throw away the sweetened, puffed wheat cereal "regardless of package size or best-by date".

The FDA is sending out this reminder because it has learned some retailers are still selling the cereal. Kellogg's contact information can be found on the FDA's official recall page.

In addition, the agency has advised the public to report any sales of the cereal to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their area.

The CDC puts salmonella illnesses at 1.2 million per year in the United States, 1 million of which are caused by food. Infections continued to climb, despite efforts by the FDA and CDC to warn consumers and retailers that the cereal has been recalled and should not be consumed or sold.

"All Honey Smacks cereal was recalled in June 2018". Cases have come in from 33 states and roughly one-third of those affected have had to be hospitalized.

"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. The first cases were reported in March and the most recent ones on July 2.

Laboratory testing also identified the outbreak strain in samples of leftover Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal collected from the homes of ill people in Montana, New York, and Utah, the FDA reported. In otherwise healthy adults, Salmonella infections usually last four to seven days. Within 12 to 72 hours after infection, fever, stomach aches, and diarrhea begin.