ALERT: Honey Smacks Cereal Recalled Due To Sickness Outbreak
Whether you’re a fan of eating cereal for breakfast or as a nighttime snack, you need to check your cereal boxes. Federal health officials have issued a second public warning, advising consumers not to eat Honey Smacks cereal because of a salmonella outbreak.
The first Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory was issued June 12, with a follow-up issued Tuesday, Sept. 4.
CDC officials say 30 more illnesses have been reported since June 12, bringing the total to 130 cases from 36 states.
While no deaths have been reported 34 people required hospitalization of a serious nature.
The CDC is advising consumers and retailers not to eat, serve, or sell any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.
“Do not eat any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. This advice applies to Honey Smacks in any size package and with any ‘best if used by’ date,” the CDC said in a statement.
All boxes of the cereal should have been taken off store shelves, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports that it is still being sold in some locations despite the recall earlier this summer.
Salmonella is a bacteria that can make people sick with diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. Symptoms usually appear within 12 to 72 hours of eating food contaminated with the bacteria. If you have symptoms of a salmonella infection and have recently eaten Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, talk to your doctor.
The cereal has a shelf life of one year and could still be in many people’s homes, the CDC says.
They recommend checking your pantry at home to see if you have any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. If you do,…