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

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The number of people with salmonella linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal has grown to 100 across the USA, prompting the CDC to issue a blunt warning via tweet: "Do not eat this cereal".

Popular children's cereal Honey Smacks has been linked to a massive salmonella outbreak that has infected 100 people. "The FDA has learned that some retailers are still selling this product".

Kellogg in June recalled an estimated 1.3 million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal from more than 30 USA states due to the potential for Salmonella contamination. "All Honey Smacks cereal was recalled in June 2018. Additionally, the public is urged to report any product being offered for sale to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their region".


This comes as the federal agency continues to investigate a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella.

The CDC puts salmonella illnesses at 1.2 million per year in the United States, 1 million of which are caused by food.

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


Symptoms last about four to seven days, and although most people improve without treatment, some may require hospitalization because of severe diarrhea. 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.

The cases have been reported in 33 states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Maryland and Virginia.


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