Updated: September 5, 2018 at 9:18 a.m.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reports that an additional 30 people have gotten sick from Honey Smacks cereal, bringing the count up to 130 people and the illness present in 36 different states.
Updated: July 13, 2018 at 9:57 a.m.
The CDC has announced that the number of infected customers has risen to 100, up from 70 people previously reported.
I just downloaded these 2 slides Pam from the CDC recall link above which includes the case count map and a list of common signs and symptoms of Salmonella infection… pic.twitter.com/7bilVVfNKx
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Smack away that cereal box. The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recalled all Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal due to salmonella concerns. According to the latest reports over 70 people have salmonella infections tied to the crunchy and sweet cereal. And it doesn’t matter the date or size of the container. All boxes of Honey Smacks are recalled effective immediately.
“Do not eat Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal in any size package. Check your home for it and throw it away, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund,” the CDC urged in the outbreak update. “Retailers should not sell or serve recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.”
On June 15 Kellogg’s only recalled certain boxes and dates. Then on Friday the FDA and CDC expanded the warning to all boxes. According to the FDA, the first recall did not include all of the potentially contaminated cereal. All Honey Smacks cereal has a shelf life of 1 year. This means that cereal with the earlier dates could be contaminated as well.
The recall isn’t only in the United States. On Friday the FDA posted a list of foreign countries that received potentially hazardous shipments of the cereal. The countries include: Aruba/Curaçao/Saint Maarten (Netherlands Antilles), the Bahamas, Barbados, Tortola (British Virgin Islands), Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, and Tahiti (French Polynesia).
In the United States, the victims of the onset salmonella illness range from less than a year old to 87. 24 people have been hospitalized and thankfully there are no death reports. The report of Salmonella Mbandaka has been reported in 31 states including: Alabama (2), Arizona (1), California (5), Connecticut (3), Georgia (2), Illinois (1), Indiana (3), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (2), Massachusetts (5), Maryland (1), Michigan (4), Mississippi (1), Montana (1), North Carolina (3), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (3), New York (7), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (2), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (5), Rhode Island (2), Tennessee (1), Texas (2), Utah (1), Virginia (4), Washington (3), Wisconsin (1), and West Virginia (3).
If you or anyone you know has eaten Honey Smacks cereal and develop symptoms of diarrhea, fever and abdominal, contact a health professional immediately.