FDA: Retailers can not legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following recall

by Jared Lewis July 14, 2018, 2:09
FDA: Retailers can not legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following recall

A sign hangs outside the Kellogg's factory near Manchester, Britain March 7, 2016.

The CDC has urged consumers not to eat Honey Smacks "in any size packaging" and to throw opened or unopened boxes in the trash even if some of the cereal had been eaten without people falling ill.

The FDA is sending out this reminder because it has learned some retailers are still selling the cereal.

In a new update to the outbreak timeline, the FDA now reveals that 100 people have been infected with Salmonella as a result of eating 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. "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".

Salmonella infections can cause illness, or death in rare cases.

According to the FDA, retailers can't legally offer the cereal for sale.

Samples of the facility's environment and the product collected during the FDA's inspection match the outbreak strain of salmonella mbandaka, the agency said. "No deaths have been reported", the agency reported on its website.

Florida and Colorado are the latest states to report illnesses as part of the outbreak, bringing the total number of states affected to 33.

Symptoms usually begin within a week after exposure to the bacteria. However, people in high-risk groups, which include children, older adults, pregnant women and anyone with a compromised immune system can develop serious complications which require hospitalization.

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