Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

U.S. salmonella outbreak: 'Do not eat Honey Smacks,' shoppers told

U.S. salmonella outbreak: 'Do not eat Honey Smacks,' shoppers told

The agency says it found salmonella in samples of Honey Smacks, which has been subject to a voluntary recall by Kellogg since mid-June.

The cereal was recalled for a Salmonella outbreak in June when the CDC reported that 100 people across 33 states had gotten sick from the cereal. Products with a "best if used by" date between June 14, 2018 and June 14, 2019 in several sizes have been recalled, but the FDA has recommended consumers avoid any box of the cereal. This brings the total number of illnesses to 100 people since March, although the outbreak was not announced until June. "The FDA has learned that some retailers are still selling this product".

If you see Honey Smacks being sold at a store, you are asked to call the FDA consumer complaint coordinator in your area. The FDA will continue to monitor this situation closely and follow up with retailers as we become aware of recalled products being offered for sale.

USA health officials have issued a blunt warning for people to avoid Honey Smacks, a popular breakfast cereal linked to a salmonella outbreak.

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The CDC puts salmonella illnesses at 1.2 million per year in the United States, 1 million of which are caused by food.

Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and typically present 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria. About 1.2 percent of people infected get severe diarrhea that leads to hospitalization.

At the time, there were a number of salmonella cases in New England, including five in MA and one in New Hampshire.

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