Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Put The Honey Smacks Down, CDC Warns After Salmonella Outbreak

Put The Honey Smacks Down, CDC Warns After Salmonella Outbreak

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

The recalled products had use by dates of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019 and involved the cereals' 15.3 ounce and 23 oz. packages. The first cases were reported in March and the most recent ones on July 2.

The statement said salmonella strains had been found in both unopened and leftover samples of Honey Smacks at several locations.

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The CDC reported that 24 of the people affected have been hospitalized after becoming infected with bacteria.

"Do not eat this cereal", the CDC tweeted Thursday along with a photo of Honey Smacks cereal.

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

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Of those victims who were interviewed about what they ate, the most cited cereal was Honey Smacks.

If you store cereal that looks like Kellogg's Honey Smacks in a container without the packaging and don't remember the brand or type, throw it away.

"Ill people range in age from less than one year to 95, with a median age of 57". Although most people recover without being treated, some may need to be hospitalized for severe diarrhea.

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Health officials said people get sick from Salmonella 12 to 72 hours after ingesting the germ, and experience diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. However, people in high-risk groups, which include children, older adults, pregnant women and anyone with a compromised immune system can develop serious complications which require hospitalization.

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