Honey ‘smacked’: CDC links salmonella outbreak to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks

Salmonella bacteria can survive for a long time in dry heat such as in toasted cereals

Salmonella bacteria can survive for a long time in dry heat such as in toasted cereals

If you have symptoms of a salmonella infection and have recently eaten Kellogg's Honey Snacks cereal, talk to your doctor. The sick people are spread across 36 states, with Delaware, Minnesota and ME now reporting patients.

Kellogg's Honey Smacks was originally recalled in June 2018.

In a statement Tuesday, the FDA said an additional 30 people have gotten sick in the multistate outbreak of salmonella illness linked to recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal. "Check your home for it and throw it away or return it to the place of purchase for a refund".

The illness onset dates for the outbreak patients range from March 3 through August 7.

An investigation into the multistate outbreaks is being conducted by the CDC and the FDA, along with public health and regulatory officials in several states, the CDC said.

Additionally, if you store cereal that looks like Kellogg's Honey Smacks in a container without the packaging and do not remember the brand or type, throw it away.

Kellogg's had in June chose to recall an estimated 1.3 million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal from more than 30 USA states due to the potential for Salmonella contamination.

Reports of the illnesses go back to March.

In the earlier stages of the outbreak, the CDC was recommending that consumers avoid cartons of the cereal with a specific "best if used by" date range, but that has since been dropped. JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019 Honey Smacks 23 oz. Kellogg's Honey Smacks is an oval-shaped, sweetened puffed wheat cereal with a golden brown color.

Anyone who has eaten Honey Smacks cereal and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention.

People infected with Salmonella Mbandaka, the strain found in Honey Smacks, typically get sick 12 to 72 hours after consuming the food.

According to the CDC, use or consumption of products contaminated with Salmonella may result in serious illness. The young, frail and elderly are most at risk.

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