‘Do not eat this cereal’: CDC links Honey Smacks, salmonella


U.S. health officials have issued a stark warning against eating Honey Smacks, the popular Kellogg's breakfast cereal, after it was linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people in 33 states across the country in the past month.

"Do not eat Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal of any size package or with any "best if used by" date", it wrote."Do not eat this cereal", the CDC said bluntly in a tweet.

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The FDA is sending out this reminder because it has learned some retailers are still selling the cereal.

According to the CDC, Salmonella mbandaka bacteria have been found in unopened Honey Smacks cereal in California, as well as opened boxes collected from the homes of ill people in Montana, New York and Utah. By June 14, Kellogg's issued a recall order on the product. "The FDA will continue to monitor this situation closely and follow up with retailers as we become aware of recalled products being offered for sale". "The public is urged to report any product being offered for sale". In these patients, the Salmonellainfection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

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Kelloggs voluntarily began recalling the cereal in June.

"Retailers can not legally offer the cereal for sale and consumers should not purchase Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal", it wrote. Cases have come in from 33 states and roughly one-third of those affected have had to be hospitalized. No deaths have been reported, the CDC said. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

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Health officials said people get sick from Salmonella 12 to 72 hours after ingesting the germ, and experience diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps.