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Put The Honey Smacks Down, CDC Warns After Salmonella Outbreak

13 July 2018

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

The cases have been reported in 33 states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Maryland and Virginia.

"Retailers can not legally offer the cereal for sale and consumers should not purchase Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal", the agency said in a statement.

It says that regardless of expiration date, the cereal should be thrown away or returned to a retailer for a refund.

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The US Food and Drug Administration urged consumers on Thursday to avoid eating and retailers to not sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal because of the chance of salmonella contamination.

At least 30 of the 100 have been hospitalised, while no deaths have been reported, the CDC said.

State and local health officials continue to investigate the outbreak.

"Laboratory testing identified the outbreak strain of Salmonella in unopened and opened boxes of Honey Smacks cereal collected from retail locations and from ill people's homes", the new report stated.

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The FDA says the third-party facility that makes Honey Smacks hasn't made any since June 12, two days before the recall.

"Products with earlier dates could also potentially be contaminated", says the FDA update.

The recalled products had use by dates of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019 and involved the cereals' 15.3 ounce and 23 oz. packages. Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal has a UPC code of 38000 39103.

Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from consuming recalled Honey Smacks cereal.

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Put The Honey Smacks Down, CDC Warns After Salmonella Outbreak