CDC advised customers to avoid any and all packages of Honey Smacks, Tweeting “Do not eat this cereal.” The agency says that it detected salmonella in samples of Honey Smacks last month, which were officially recalled by Kellogg’s on June 14.
The multinational food company followed the recall with an announcement that it was investigating a 3rd-party manufacturer that produces Honey Smacks after it was contacted by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the illnesses.
CDC says that all packages of Honey Smacks, regardless of the expiration date, should be discarded immediately or returned to the point of purchase for a refund.
Of the 100 reported illnesses, CDC says at least 30 patients had to be hospitalized due to the severity of their symptoms. Most cases of salmonellosis last about a week, and cause symptoms including fever, cramps, or diarrhea within 12 to 72 hours of exposure to the bacteria.
Most otherwise healthy people recover from salmonellosis without treatment; however, very young children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems have a risk of developing more severe complications.
Source: CBS News