Kellogg's Honey Smacks Recalled Amid Salmonella Outbreak Investigation

Kellogg recalls Honey Smacks after salmonella outbreak

Kellogg's Recalls Honey Smacks Cereal Due to Salmonella Risk

The Kellogg Company has since recalled 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce packages of Honey Smacks cereal. "Throw it away or return it to the place of purchase", the CDC warned in a tweet on Thursday.

After the CDC and the US Food and Drug Administration contacted Kellogg's about the reported illness, the company said it immediately launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer that produces the cereal.

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24 people have been hospitalized. Specifically, the boxes will have a "best if used by" date between June 14, 2018, and June 14, 2019, according to the CDC. According to the CDC, "epidemiologic evidence indicates that Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal is a likely source of this multistate outbreak". No deaths have been reported. The FDA has a complete list of products and even a lengthy list of every known retail location that carried them.

It's the second multi-state salmonella outbreak announced by health authorities in two weeks, following a warning issued earlier this month linked to pre-cut melons. NY has the highest number of cases - seven - while California, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania have each reported five cases. RIDOH's State Health Laboratory has begun testing the product locally from shelves and RIDOH's Center for Food Protection will be communicating directly with licensed vendors about the recall.

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Salmonella can lead to serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children or elderly people or those with weakened immune systems.

Salmonella poisoning can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps that could last from four to seven days.

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Most people recover on their own without medical treatment.

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