At least 73 people in 31 states have fallen ill from Salmonella infections and health authorities say the likely culprit is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal. As a result, the Kellogg Company has recalled the cereal, which was distributed throughout the United States as well as Guam and Saipan, and internationally in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti. Consumers are urged not to eat any of the recalled Honey Smacks cereal.
Affected products include Honey Smacks 15.3 oz boxes with the BEST if Used By Date listed as JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019, and Honey Smacks 23 oz. boxes with the BEST if Used By Date listed as JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019.
The multistate outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka infections is being investigated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with state officials. The FDA has initiated an inspection at the facility that manufactures Kellogg’s Honey Smacks and is working with the company to collect additional information.
The 73 illness were reported from March 3 to May 28, 2018, and involved people ages less than 1 year to 87. Twenty-four people were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported, to date.
The 31 states where illnesses were reported include 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), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (2), Utah (1), Virginia (4), Washington (3), Wisconsin (1), and West Virginia (3).
Most people infected with Salmonella develop symptoms such as diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after consumption. The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. In some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized. In these patients, the infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. Children younger than 5, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to have severe infections.
Consumers are urged not to eat affected Honey Smacks cereal. Those who have boxes of the cereal should throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund. The FDA will continue to collect information and will report any updates as more information becomes available.
FDA Outbreak Update
FDA Recall Notice