Popular breakfast brand Kellogg’s has 46 types of cereals including, Cocoa Krispies, Corn Pops, Raisin, Frosted Mini Wheats, Fruit Loops, Apple Jacks, Frosted Flakes, Rice Krispies, and Honey Smacks.
One of those cereals is being recalled.
Do not eat Honey Smacks cereal.
That’s what the CDC is saying after a salmonella outbreak sickened at least 100 people. pic.twitter.com/yy6PAI4uL5
— AJ+ (@ajplus) July 13, 2018
According to the FDA, on June 14, Kellogg’s issued a recall on their boxes of Honey Smacks:
Kellogg Company today announced it is voluntarily recalling 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Kellogg’s ® Honey Smacks ® cereal (with code dates listed below) because these products have the potential presence of Salmonella. No other Kellogg products are impacted by this recall.
Kellogg launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces Honey Smacks immediately after being contacted by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding reported illnesses.
On July 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued its own warning urging customers not to eat the cereal.
— CDC (@CDCgov) July 12, 2018
The CDC wrote on Twitter:
OUTBREAK Update: 100 Salmonella infections in 33 states linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. Do not eat this cereal.
According to their report:
- Do not eat recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal in any size packaging.
- Check your home for the recalled cereal and throw it away, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.
- Even if some of the cereal was eaten and no one got sick, throw the rest of it away or return it for a refund.
- If you store cereal that looks like Kellogg’s Honey Smacks in another container without the packaging and don’t remember the brand or type, throw it away.
The CDC suggested to retailers that they avoid selling the cereal in their stores.
Here are the details of the specific boxes of Honey Smacks that have been recalled:
- It has a “best if used by” date from June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019— which can be found on the box top.
- The recalled 15.3 oz. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal has a UPC code of 38000 39103. The recalled 23.0 oz. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal has a UPC code of 38000 14810— which is found on the bottom of the box.
Of the 100 Salmonella infections known to have occurred, many of the patients began showing symptoms between 12 and 72 hours after being exposed.
Their symptoms included diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.