100 people sickened after eating Honey Smacks cereal

Desiree Steele
July 14, 2018

"The FDA has become aware that recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal are still being offered for sale".

"Do not eat this cereal". It's still not clear how the contamination might have occurred.

According to CBS News, the Kellogg Co. announced in June that it was investigating the third-party manufacturer that produces the cereal after being contacted by the FDA and CDC about the salmonella outbreak.

Illnesses were first reported on March 3, and the most recent case was found on July 2. No deaths have been reported in the latest outbreak.


Investigators have laboratory confirmation that the outbreak strain of Salmonella Mbandaka is in the manufacturing facility and in unopened packages of the cereal.

Florida and Colorado are the latest states to report illnesses as part of the outbreak, bringing the total number of states affected to 33.

The Kellogg Company recalled Honey Smacks that were within the one-year shelf life, but the CDC warns Honey Smacks with earlier dates may also be contaminated.

The CDC says that regardless of expiration date, the cereal should be thrown away or returned to a retailer for a refund.


A total of 100 people have been sickened as a result; 30 people have been hospitalized.

The agency is urging consumers to check their homes for the recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks. "Thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again, to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food".

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


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