Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Popular Kellogg's breakfast cereal recalled in US after salmonella outbreak

Popular Kellogg's breakfast cereal recalled in US after salmonella outbreak

That's the frank message the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had for lovers of the breakfast staple Honey Smacks on Thursday after 100 people were infected with salmonella and 30 of them hospitalized. No deaths have been reported in this outbreak.

More than a million packets of the product were recalled by the manufacturer Kellogg's in June after 100 people were infected in 33 states.

"Laboratory testing identified the outbreak strain of Salmonella in unopened and opened boxes of Honey Smacks cereal collected from retail locations and from ill people's homes", the new report stated.

Common effects of salmonella is the result of a fever, cramps, or diarrhea within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria.

"The FDA has become aware that recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal are still being offered for sale", the agency said in a statement.

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Most people recover without treatment, however.

"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.

The CDC and the FDA are working with state and local health officials across the country to investigate the source of the contamination.

"Retailers can not legally offer the cereal for sale and consumers should not purchase Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal", it wrote.

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