Boxes of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal tainted with Salmonella are still being sold in some stores despite being recalled last month by the company, increasing the number of people who have fallen ill after eating the sweetened puffed wheat cereal to 100 in 33 states, 30 of whom have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported to date.
Kellogg Company agreed to recall affected boxes of Honey Smacks in June after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state partners. The products had been distributed across the United States including Guam and Saipan, as well as internationally to countries including Aruba/Curacao/Saint Maarten (Netherlands Antilles), the Bahamas, Barbados, Tortola (British Virgin Islands), Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, and Tahiti (French Polynesia).
The 100 cases of Salmonella have been reported in the following 33 states: Alabama (2), Arizona (3), California (6), Colorado (1), Connecticut (4), Florida (2), Georgia (2), Illinois (1), Indiana (3), Kentucky (2), Louisiana (2), Massachusetts (7), Maryland (2), Michigan (4), Mississippi (1), Montana (2), North Carolina (4), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (4), New York (11), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (2), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (8), Rhode Island (2), South Carolina (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (3), Utah (1), Virginia (5), Washington (3), Wisconsin (1), West Virginia (4). Those sickened range in age from 1 year to 95. Illnesses were reported beginning March 3, 2018, through July 2, 2018.
The FDA is urging consumers not to eat Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal and to discard any in their possession regardless of size or “best if used by” dates. The recall affects all products on the market within the cereal’s estimated one-year shelf-life. However, Honey Smacks products with earlier expiration dates could also be contaminated, the agency said.
Anyone who has eaten Honey Smacks cereal and suffered symptoms of Salmonella infection should contact their health care provider to report their symptoms and receive care. Most people infected with Salmonella develop symptoms such as diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most infections last four to seven days and most people recover without treatment, however some people develop diarrhea so severe that they need to be hospitalized.
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