You Should Stop Eating Kellogg's Honey Smacks

Despite salmonella recall, boxes still being sold; 100 people now sickened across US
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2018 6:24 AM CDT
CDC's Blunt Warning: 'Do Not Eat This Cereal'
The CDC is warning people to avoid Honey Smacks for the time being.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

The number of people with salmonella linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal has grown to 100 across the US, prompting the CDC to issue a blunt warning via tweet: "Do not eat this cereal." The company voluntarily recalled the cereal last month, but the FDA says it's apparently still on grocery shelves and in kitchen cupboards, reports CNN. Though the official recall notice covers boxes with a date from June 2018 to June 2019, federal health officials now say consumers shouldn't bother checking dates or sizes and just avoid all boxes.

"Products with earlier dates could also potentially be contaminated," says the FDA update. People in 33 states have been sickened, and 30 of the 100 people who have fallen ill wound up in the hospital. Pennsylvania (8), Massachusetts (7), and California (6) have the most cases, but illnesses are widespread and affecting all ages. The first cases were reported in March and the most recent ones on July 2. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. The source of the outbreak remains under investigation. (More Kellogg stories.)

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