Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Medical | By Vernon Walton

FDA flags sale of recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal

FDA flags sale of recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal

"Do not eat any Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of package size or best-by date", it said.

"Retailers can not legally offer the cereal for sale and consumers should not purchase Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal", it wrote.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging consumers to stay away from a popular Kellogg's cereal that has been linked to a massive salmonella outbreak affecting 100 people in 33 states.

Illnesses were first reported on March 3, and the most recent case was found on July 2. Samples of the facility's environment and the product collected during the FDA's inspection match the outbreak strain of salmonella mbandaka, the agency said. Among 77 with available information, 30 (39%) have been hospitalized, the FDA said. "The FDA will continue to monitor this situation closely and follow up with retailers as we become aware of recalled products being offered for sale". Florida has two people sick.

The CDC tweeted: "Do not eat this cereal". "All Honey Smacks cereal was recalled in June 2018". But the cereal is still being sold in some stores.

"Ill people range in age from less than one year to 95, with a median age of 57". In otherwise healthy adults, Salmonella infections usually last four to seven days.

People infected with salmonella bacteria can show symptoms after just 12 hours, including diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most healthy individuals recover without the need for treatment, although Infants, older adults, and people with a weakened immune system are at an increased risk of serious complications.

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