Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Medical | By Mark Scott

CDC issues blunt warning about Honey Smacks as outbreak grows to 100

CDC issues blunt warning about Honey Smacks as outbreak grows to 100

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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a popular Kellogg's cereal has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has infected 100 people in 33 states.

A CDC statement Thursday advised consumers not to eat any of the cereal regardless of package size or "best by" date. It's still not clear how the contamination might have occurred.

According to the CDC, salmonella is responsible for about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalisations, and 450 deaths a year, the majority of which are sourced from food. A case count map breaks down the location and prevalence of cases, the first of which was reported in early March.

The agency said that epidemiological and laboratory evidence indicates the cereal is behind the multistate salmonella Mbandaka outbreak. The agency revealed that 27 more people from 19 states were infected from the outbreak since the last update on June 14. "All Honey Smacks cereal was recalled in June 2018".

The CDC reported that 24 of the people affected have been hospitalized after becoming infected with bacteria.

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.

Health officials said people get sick from Salmonella 12 to 72 hours after ingesting the germ, and experience diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps.

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