At least 135 people in 36 states have fallen ill with Salmonella Mbandaka infections after eating Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal, and at least 34 of them have been hospitalized, according to an Outbreak Update by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The FDA has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state partners to collect information about the outbreak since a cluster of illnesses were identified on May 17 and traced it to the cereal.
On June 14, Kellogg Company issued a recall on boxes of Honey Smacks throughout the United States including Guam and Saipan, and internationally in Aruba/Curacao/Saint Maarten (Netherlands Antilles), the Bahamas, Barbados, Tortola (British Virgin Islands), Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, and Tahiti (French Polynesia).
People who become infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours after infection. Symptoms usually last 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. In some people, the diarrhea is so severe that they need to be hospitalized. In these patients, Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other body sites where it can lead to death unless the person is promptly treated with antibiotics.
Children younger than 5 years of age are the most likely to develop Salmonella infections. Children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are also more likely than the general population to develop severe infections. An estimated 400 people in the U.S. die from acute salmonellosis each year.
Consumers who have boxes of the recalled Honey Smacks should not eat them and should instead throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.
FDA Outbreak Update