CDC warning on Kellogg's Honey Smacks: "Do not eat this cereal"

FDA: Retailers cannot legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following recall

Salmonella Linked to Honey Smacks Sickens 100 People in Outbreak; 6 Cases in California

"Retailers should not sell or serve Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal", the CDC says.

Back in mid-June the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a bulletin warning consumers that Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal could potentially be contaminated with Salmonella. It's still not clear how the contamination might have occurred.

Salmonella infections can cause illness, or death in rare cases.

There has been one reported case in Ohio.

So far people from 33 states have been affected. This brings the total number of illnesses to 100 people since March, although the outbreak was not announced until June.

Thirty people have been hospitalized.

The agency has said that it has found salmonella stains in unopened and leftover samples of Honey Smacks. The CDC now advises that anyone who has purchased the cereal return it for a refund or throw it out completely regardless of an expiration date.

The recall effort follows other prominent salmonella outbreaks, including one linked to pre-cut melon from an facility in Indianapolis that sickened 70 people and another connected to eggs from a single North Carolina producer where 45 people were made sick.

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

Additionally, if you stored the tainted cereal in any kind of a reusable container you'll need to wash and sanitize that container before you use it again. Within 12 to 72 hours after infection, fever, stomach aches, and diarrhea begin.

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