The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that some grocery stores still have on their shelves Honey Smacks, even after they were recalled last month when the cereal was linked to a salmonella outbreak.
Last month, 1.3 million packs of Honey Smacks were voluntarily recalled by the Kellogg Company to stop the salmonella outbreak.
Stores that still sell the packs that should have been cleared from the shelves are now selling them illegally. The agency advised consumers not to buy Honey Smacks.
Honey Smacks Salmonella Outbreak
In May, the FDA heard of a salmonella outbreak in different states, linking it to one of Kellogg’s cereal products. On June 14, the company voluntarily recalled the product off the shelves of stores in the US and international markets.
According to the CDC, 100 people in 33 states were affected by the outbreak. Thirty people were hospitalized, and no deaths were reported so far.
However, the agency learned that some stores still sell the cereal:
“Retailers cannot legally offer the cereal for sale and consumers should not purchase Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.”
Which Cereal Not to Buy?
If you see Honey Smacks on the shelves in your store, check out the batch. The products come in two sizes: 15.3 ounces and 23 ounces, and the “best if used” date is June 14, 2018, until June 14, 2019.
The symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. It clears in seven days, and the majority of affected people recover with no treatment – they just have to keep well hydrated. However, cases of severe diarrhea needed hospitalization.
According to the CDC, salmonella infects each year in the USA 1.2 million people, about 23 get hospitalized, and 450 deaths.
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