CDC Issues Warning About Kellogg's Honey Smacks: 'Do Not Eat This Cereal'

CDC Issues Warning About Kellogg's Honey Smacks: 'Do Not Eat This Cereal'

The number of people with salmonella linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal has grown to 100 across the USA, prompting the CDC to issue a blunt warning via tweet: "Do not eat this cereal".

The CDC announced Thursday that customers should avoid Honey Smacks, tweeting, "Do not eat this cereal".

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

The CDC said at least 30 of the people infected in the outbreak have been hospitalized.

Right now there are no other Kellogg products impacted by the recall.

The FDA is urging the public to report if the product is being offered for sale to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their region.

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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. About 450 people die in the United States each year from salmonella.

"The FDA has become aware that recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal are still being offered for sale", the agency said in a statement.

"Retailers can not legally offer the cereal for sale and consumers should not purchase Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal", it wrote.

If you think you may have eaten some of the contaminated cereal and are experiencing symptoms, contact your doctor as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, the number of sick people continues to increase. A case count map breaks down the location and prevalence of cases, the first of which was reported in early March. No deaths have been reported in the latest outbreak. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.

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