Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

You Should Stop Eating Kellogg's Honey Smacks

Salmonella 101 What you need to know FDA: Retailers cannot legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following recall
Melissa Porter | 13 July, 2018, 17:39

The US Food and Drug Administration urged consumers on Thursday to avoid eating and retailers to not sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal because of the chance of salmonella contamination. This brings the total number of illnesses to 100 people since March, although the outbreak was not announced until June.

"Even if some of the cereal has been eaten and no one got sick, throw the rest of it away or return it for a refund", the CDC said in a statement on its website.

The FDA is sending out this reminder because it has learned some retailers are still selling the cereal.

In June, Kellogg said it was investigating the third-party manufacturer that produces Honey Smacks after it was contacted by the FDA and CDC about the illness.

In addition, the agency has advised the public to report any sales of the cereal to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their area.

The recalled products had use by dates of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019 and involved the cereals' 15.3 ounce and 23 oz. packages. Samples of the facility's environment and the product collected during the FDA's inspection match the outbreak strain of salmonella mbandaka, the agency said. Most healthy individuals recover without the need for treatment, although Infants, older adults, and people with a weakened immune system are at an increased risk of serious complications.

The cases have been reported in 33 states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Maryland and Virginia.