15/06/18: Nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to Honey Smacks

recalled-Honey-SmacksThe FDA posted a recall notice from Kellogg Co. on Thursday, June 14, that says only the Honey Smacks flavour of cereal is implicated.

Reuters news service reported the nationwide recall covers 1.3 million cases of the cereal. No deaths have been confirmed, but the sick people are spread across 31 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC urges that even if some of the cereal was eaten and no one got sick immediately after eating it, consumers should throw away of the cereal they have in their homes. If the cereal has been stored in containers other than the original packaging and consumers don’t remember the brand or type, they should throw it away. Additionally, be sure to thoroughly wash the cereal container with warm, soapy water before using it again to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food.

Kellogg launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces Honey Smacks after federal officials contacted the company, according to the Kellogg recall notice.

“Ill people in this outbreak reported this cereal (Honey Smacks) more often than any other cereals or food items,” according to the outbreak notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration website includes information to help consumers identify the recalled cereal.

How to identify the recalled cereal
The affected product includes the following varieties distributed across the United States as well as limited distribution in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti, and Saipan. The BEST if Used By” date can be found on the top of the cereal box, and the UPC code can be found on the bottom of the box.

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