USA health officials have issued a blunt warning for people to avoid Honey Smacks, a popular breakfast cereal linked to a salmonella outbreak.
The CDC said lab tests identified Salmonella Mbandaka in a sample of unopened Honey Smacks cereal from a store in California. The CDC reported that the outbreak has now impacted people in over 33 states. The source of the outbreak remains under investigation. There have been 30 hospitalizations and no deaths. 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. New cases have been reported in 19 states.
After the outbreak was discovered, Kellogg issued a recall in June of packages with "best if used by dates" ranging from June 14, 20018, through June 14, 2019. Florida has two people sick.
The Kellogg Company recalled Honey Smacks that were within the one-year shelf life, but the CDC warns Honey Smacks with earlier dates may also be contaminated.
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The agency is urging consumers to check their homes for the recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks. They usually disappear after four to seven days. "Thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again, to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food".
People infected with salmonella bacteria can show symptoms after just 12 hours, including diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.
Children under the age of 5 and adults over the age of 65, as well as people with weakened immune systems, are more likely to suffer more severe symptoms.