While stores can not legally sell Honey Smacks as the outbreak continues, the CDC is concerned infections are continuing as people eat the cereal that has been stored in their cabinets. "All Honey Smacks cereal was recalled in June 2018".
The FDA, CDC, along with state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of SalmonellaMbandaka infections linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal.
The FDA urges anyone who sees Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal for sale to report it to the agency.More news: Plane quarantined in NY after dozens of passengers report illness
In the earlier stages of the outbreak, the CDC was recommending that consumers avoid cartons of the cereal with a specific "best if used by" date range, but that has since been dropped. Symptoms usually appear within 12 to 72 hours of eating food contaminated with the bacteria. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps and can last from four to seven days.
That brings the total number to 130 cases in 36 states - 34 of whom have been hospitalized. Most people recover on their own without medical treatment. No deaths have been reported, but salmonella infections can kill people. Because the CDC has continued to receive reports of illnesses linked to this cereal, we are reminding consumers not to eat Honey Smacks cereal.More news: NASCAR Xfinity Series: Brad Keselowski Gets First Darlington Win
Three more states reported ill people: Delaware, Maine, and Minnesota.
Throw out the cereal or return it for a refund. If you have a look-alike cereal, throw it out as well.
This week marks the second time outbreak investigators have warned the public that the recalled cereal is still available for purchase.More news: A Big Win For LGBTQ Community: Supreme Court Strikes Down Section 377
Kellogg said in the statement that it stopped producing Honey Smacks cereal and is offering refunds. Thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again.