Kellogg Recalls Honey Smacks Cereal Over Salmonella Risk

Ivan Schwartz
June 15, 2018

A salmonella outbreak that affected 73 people in 31 states has been linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Michigan-based Kellogg Co. on Thursday said it has launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces Honey Smacks.

No deaths have been reported in connection with Honey Smacks, but the FDA says it's "working with the company to quickly remove this cereal from the marketplace". Most of the outbreaks occurred in California, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania, the CDC said.

The company is voluntarily recalling 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce packages of the cereal with a "best if used by" date from June 14, 2018, through June 14, 2019. The recall involves Honey Smacks cereal in 15.3-ounce packages with UPC code 3800039103 and 23-ounce boxes with UPC code 3800014810. Healthy persons infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. No other Kellogg products are impacted. The UPC codes can be found on the bottom of the box.

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Kellogg is asking that people who purchased potentially affected product discard it and contact the company for a full refund.

Salmonella can cause serious illness or even death in rare cases. People began reporting illness in early March and it continued through May 28, with 24 hospitalized so far.

It can produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Most people recover in four to seven days.

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