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Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Linked To Kellogg’s Honey Smacks

Published: June 15, 2018

ATLANTA, GA. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that on June 14 the Kellogg Company voluntarily recalled 15.3 oz and 23 oz packages of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.

According to the CDC, “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.”

The cereal was distributed in multiple states, including Connecticut, and has been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella infections. Three cases have been reported in Connecticut as of June 14. No deaths in any of the 31 states affected have been reported. Twenty-four people have been hospitalized.

The CDC advises consumers to not eat the recalled cereal. Throw it away or return it to the place of purchase for a refund, “Even if some of the cereal was eaten and no one got sick.”

If cereal has been stored in an alternative container, throw away any Honey Smacks that cannot be identified by the UPC code and wash the container with warm, soapy water prior to the next use.

Contact a healthcare provider if symptoms of Salmonella develop after consuming Kellogg’s Honey Smacks.

According to the CDC “Most people infected with Salmonella develop the following signs and symptoms 12-72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria:
*Abdominal cramps.

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