Kellogg recalls Honey Smacks due to salmonella risk

Grant Boone
June 18, 2018

If you have any of the cereal, even if some has been eaten without illness, throw the rest of it away and return it for a refund. Check your home for it and throw it away, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. If you store the cereal in a container, make sure it is throughly washed.

The FDA's outbreak update explained that the Kellogg recall did not cover all of the potentially contaminated cereal. "The FDA has already initiated an inspection of the facility that we believe is linked to the salmonella contamination". All affected products were distributed in the U.S., Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti, and Saipan.

The CDC is working along with the FDA investigating the outbreak.

Health officials say 73 people have been infected in 31 states, including two dozen who have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported, according to the CDC.

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Outbreak statisticsThe CDC reported Thursday that illness onset dates for the outbreak victims range from March 3 through May 28. However, if the organisms get into the bloodstream it can cause severe illness. Ill people range in age from less than 1 year old to 87. Almost two-thirds - 65 percent - of people affected are women, the CDC said.

Salmonella poisoning can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps that could last from four to seven days. Most people don't require treatment, but the infection can lead to death in some cases.

The UPC code for the recalled 15.3-ounce cereal is 38000 39103, while the 23.0-ounce one is 38000 14810. The UPC code is on the bottom of the box.

This article was originally published at 6:55 a.m.

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