‘Do Not Eat’ ANY Kellogg’s Honey Smacks, CDC Still Recommends
A salmonella outbreak linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smack’s cereal is still prompting warnings from health officials.
Back in June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent out an advisory saying that Kellogg’s Honey Smacks had been contaminated with salmonella, with 73 people getting infected and 24 people getting hospitalized.
They had said that of the 39 people they interviewed, 77% of them reported eating cold cereal, while 14 people specifically mentioned Kellogg's Honey Smacks; that's more than any other cereal or food item.
The Battle Creek-based cereal company recalled all of the affected products, which included 15.3 oz and 20 oz Honey Smacks with a Best If Used By Date of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019. However, the CDC says that products with earlier dates could also be contaminated.
As of this Tuesday, the CDC says that more people are getting sick; their update says that 130 people nationwide have gotten salmonella, with 34 hospitalizations. Despite the recalls, the Food and Drug Administration says that some stores still have the cereal for sale.
The CDC recommends that you "Do not eat Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal of any size package or with any 'best used by' date."
Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause symptoms of diarrhea, fever, and cramping, and lasts for a few days. Most people should recover without treatment, but children, the elderly, and those with weak immune systems can face more severe illness.