Kellogg's Honey Smacks: officials warn against cereal after salmonella outbreak

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"Do not eat this cereal", the CDC tweeted Thursday along with a photo of Honey Smacks cereal. The CDC reported that the outbreak has now impacted people in over 33 states.

Investigators have laboratory confirmation that the outbreak strain of Salmonella Mbandaka is in the manufacturing facility and in unopened packages of the cereal.

According to the CDC, salmonella is responsible for about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalisations, and 450 deaths a year, the majority of which are sourced from food.

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Regardless of the expiration date, the CDC says you should throw away the cereal or return it to a retailer for a refund.

This comes as the federal agency continues to investigate a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella.

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

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Kellogg in June recalled an estimated 1.3 million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal from more than 30 USA states due to the potential for Salmonella contamination. Though the recall covers cereal with a best-by date of June 14, 2018, through June 14, 2019, the agency is recommending people avoid the cereal altogether. Florida has two people sick.

People infected with salmonella bacteria can show symptoms after just 12 hours, including diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

Public health officials have renewed their advice to consumers who have eaten of handled the recalled Honey Smacks to seek medical attention if they develop symptoms of Salmonella infection immediately.

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