Put The Honey Smacks Down, CDC Warns After Salmonella Outbreak

CDC says avoid this cereal after it was linked to salmonella

FDA: Retailers cannot legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following recall

Although Kellogg's recalled the cereals on June 14, the FDA reports that recalled packages of Honey Smacks cereal are still being offered for sale.

United States health officials have issued a blunt warning for people to avoid Honey Smacks, a popular breakfast cereal linked to a salmonella outbreak.

"Do not eat this cereal", the agency declared on Twitter.

The CDC warned customers, saying "Do not eat this cereal". It's still not clear how the contamination might have occurred. The company has recalled the cereal, and consumers and retailers are being advised to get rid of it. A case count map breaks down the location and prevalence of cases, the first of which was reported in early March. No deaths have been reported in the latest outbreak.

So far people from 33 states have been affected.

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People infected with salmonella bacteria can show symptoms after just 12 hours, including diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

The illness usually lasts about four to seven days.

The CDC now advises that anyone who has purchased the cereal return it for a refund or throw it out completely regardless of an expiration date. 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.

If you store cereal that looks like Kellogg's Honey Smacks in a container without the packaging and don't remember the brand or type, throw it away.

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