FDA flags sale of recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal

Maricruz Casares
Julio 13, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration says retails still can not legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following a recall. No deaths have been reported in this outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that, since their last update on June 14th, new cases were reported in Florida and Colorado, and an additional 27 people have fallen ill.

The agency says it found salmonella in samples of Honey Smacks, which has been subject to a voluntary recall by Kellogg since mid-June.

"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.

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"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. Those symptoms can last between four and seven days, and such illnesses send about 23,000 people to the hospital every year, according to the CDC.

Any consumers who store cereal that looks like Honey Smacks in a container without the packaging and don't remember the brand or type are advised to throw it away.

The CDC puts salmonella illnesses at 1.2 million per year in the United States, 1 million of which are caused by food. Though the official recall notice covers boxes with a date from June 2018 to June 2019, federal health officials now say consumers shouldn't bother checking dates or sizes and just avoid all boxes. Laboratory testing also identified the outbreak strain in samples of leftover Honey Smacks cereal collected from the homes of ill people in Montana, New York, and Utah. The UPC code is on the bottom of the box.

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