CDC reminds shoppers of Honey Smacks recall

14 July, 2018, 09:15 | Author: Judith Dennis
  • FDA: Retailers cannot legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following recall

Infections continued to climb, despite efforts by the FDA and CDC to warn consumers and retailers that the cereal has been recalled and should not be consumed or sold.

While the recall covers those boxes of Honey Smacks with a best-by date of June 14, 2018, through June 14, 2019, the FDA is recommending consumers avoid the cereal altogether, because products with earlier dates could also potentially be contaminated. It's still not clear how the contamination might have occurred. There have been 30 hospitalizations and no deaths. The most recent of the illnesses was reported to the CDC on July 2, 18 days after the first recall notice.

Investigators have laboratory confirmation that the outbreak strain of Salmonella Mbandaka is in the manufacturing facility and in unopened packages of the cereal. The sick people are spread across 33 states.

The CDC says regardless of the expiration date the cereal should be thrown away immediately or returned for a refund. As of June 12, the food manufacturer - which Kellogg's hired to make the Honey Smacks - stopped producing the product.

Additionally, if you stored the tainted cereal in any kind of a reusable container you'll need to wash and sanitize that container before you use it again.

Public health officials have renewed their advice to consumers who have eaten of handled the recalled Honey Smacks to seek medical attention if they develop symptoms of Salmonella infection immediately. While most recover within a week, some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.

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