'Do not eat this cereal': CDC links Honey Smacks to salmonella outbreak

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The Food and Drug Administration said about 1.3 million cases of the popular Kellogg's cereal, described as a sweetened puffed wheat product, had been recalled from more than 30 states last month, Reuters reported. People in 33 states have been sickened, and 30 of the 100 people who have fallen ill wound up in the hospital.

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

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. 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. While most recover within a week, some illnesses can last longer and be more severe. About 450 people die in the United States each year from salmonella. Though the official recall notice covers boxes with a date from June 2018 to June 2019, federal health officials now say consumers shouldn't bother checking dates or sizes and just avoid all boxes.

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.

At the time, there were a number of salmonella cases in New England, including five in MA and one in New Hampshire.

Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and typically present 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria.

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