Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

You Should Stop Eating Kellogg's Honey Smacks

You Should Stop Eating Kellogg's Honey Smacks

"Do not eat any Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of package size or best-by date", it said.

Popular children's cereal Honey Smacks has been linked to a massive salmonella outbreak that has infected 100 people.

A total of 100 people have been sickened as a result; 30 people have been hospitalized.

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Kellogg Company, which did not respond to an immediate request for comment, launched an investigation into a third-party manufacturer who produces the cereal in mid-June after the infections were reported, according to the FDA. "The FDA has learned that some retailers are still selling this product".

"Retailers can not legally offer the cereal for sale and consumers should not purchase Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal", the agency said in a statement.

The FDA said on Thursday it would follow up with retailers to prevent the sale of the product. "The public is urged to report any product being offered for sale".

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This comes as the federal agency continues to investigate a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella. It says most people infected with salmonella develop a fever, cramps or diarrhea within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria.

Some cases turn so severe that patients need to be hospitalized. The first cases of illness in this outbreak began with symptoms on March 3, and the most recent individuals began feeling ill on July 2.

"Laboratory testing identified the outbreak strain of Salmonella in unopened and opened boxes of Honey Smacks cereal collected from retail locations and from ill people's homes", the new report stated.

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