Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

CDC: More People Sickened In Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Popular Cereal

CDC: More People Sickened In Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Popular Cereal

According to the tweet, the CDC is still getting reports of salmonella illness reports linked to the cereal.

Illnesses in this outbreak started on dates ranging from Mar 3 to Aug 7, CDC said, adding the investigation is still ongoing. This is regardless of size or "best if used by" dates.

The FDA urged consumers to "check their homes and throw away any Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal" and retailers to discard recalled lots because of the chance of salmonella contamination.

In addition, the agency has advised the public to report any sales of the cereal to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their area.

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The cereal was recalled in June, but the Food and Drug Administration has found packages for sale in some stores anyway. At that point, the agency had tracked the start of the illness back to March 2 in the USA, with impacted individuals ranging from toddler to 95-years-old. "The FDA continues to collect information to determine any additional sources".

If you have 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.

The cereal giant issued a recall in June after the product sickened up to 100 people across 33 states. JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019 Honey Smacks 23 oz.

Kellogg said in the statement that it stopped producing Honey Smacks cereal and is offering refunds.

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Anyone who has eaten Honey Smacks cereal and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention.

Salmonella can cause a list of serious ailments, including "fatal infections, fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain, especially for young, frail or elderly people, according to the CDC". Symptoms usually appear within 12 to 72 hours of eating food contaminated with the bacteria.

However, people in high-risk groups, which include children, older adults, pregnant women and anyone with a compromised immune system can develop serious complications which require hospitalization.

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