'Do Not Eat Honey Smacks' CDC Warns As Salmonella Outbreak Worsens
By RJ Johnson - @rickerthewriter
July 13, 2018
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has offered a blunt warning to shoppers over a popular Kellogg's cereal linked to a salmonella outbreak in 33 states.
"Do not eat this cereal," the CDC announced in a tweet on Thursday. The agency says officials have found salmonella in several samples of Honey Smacks cereal, which has been under a voluntary recall by Kellogg since June.
Regardless of expiration date, the CDC is urging consumers to throw the cereal away or return it to a retailer for a full refund.
At least 30 people who have been infected in the outbreak have ended up in the hospital. Most people who have been infected with Salmonella usually develop a fever, cramps, or diarrhea within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria. People suffering from the illness have anywhere between four and seven days of those symptoms to look forward to.
Most healthy individuals are able to recover without the need for treatment, however, infants, older adults and those with a weakened immune system are at risk of developing serious complications.
- Recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal has a “best if used by” date from June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019. The “best if used by” date is on the box top.
- The recalled 15.3 oz. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal has a UPC code of 38000 39103. The recalled 23.0 oz. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal has a UPC code of 38000 14810. The UPC code is on the bottom of the box.
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