Honey Smacks, Kellogg’s popular breakfast cereal, has linked to an outbreak of Salmonella that has sickened 100 people. It is still sitting on some store shelves despite a June recall.
A popular breakfast cereal linked to an outbreak of Salmonella that has sickened 100 people is still sitting on some store shelves, the FDA announced this week.
The FDA said that recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal are still being offered for sale. It said that four people in New Jersey have been sickened by the sweetened puffed wheat cereal.
Kellogg’s pulled 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Honey Smacks cereal from shelves in June after after being contacted by the FDA and CDC, the company said in a statement.
OUTBREAK Update: 100 Salmonella infections in 33 states linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. Do not eat this cereal. https://t.co/G5WyEiWp5A pic.twitter.com/Fa8EF3izUu
— CDC (@CDCgov) July 12, 2018
The FDA said it will continue to monitor the situation and follow up with retailers as it becomes aware of recalled cereal that is being offered for sale.
The CDC reported that 100 people in 33 states have become ill from Salmonella Mbandaka and there have been 30 people hospitalized, but no deaths.
Most of reports of ill people are in Pennsylvania and California, the FDA said. The ages of the ill people range from less than one year to 95 with a median age of 57 years and that 68 percents of cases are linked to women.
Most people infected with Salmonella develop the following signs and symptoms 12-72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria, the CDC said. The bacteria can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever.
The smaller box Honey Smacks has a UPC code 3800039103 while the bigger package has a UPC code of 3800014810. Both have a “best if used by date” of June 14, 2019.
The FDA urged the public to report any product being offered for sale to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their region. More information about the recall can be found at FDA.gov.
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Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News