U.S. salmonella outbreak: 'Do not eat Honey Smacks,' shoppers told

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The Centers for Disease Control is warning customers not to eat Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal after the breakfast was linked to 100 salmonella infections nationwide. The most recent of the illnesses was reported to the CDC on July 2, 18 days after the first recall notice.

"Retailers can not legally offer the cereal for sale and consumers should not purchase Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal". People in 33 states have been sickened, and 30 of the 100 people who have fallen ill wound up in the hospital. "The FDA has learned that some retailers are still selling this product".

The FDA said on Thursday it would follow up with retailers to prevent the sale of the product.

The agency is urging consumers to avoid Honey Smacks, a sugary puffed wheat cereal which has been the subject of a recall by the company since mid-June.

This comes as the federal agency continues to investigate a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella.

The CDC puts salmonella illnesses at 1.2 million per year in the United States, 1 million of which are caused by food.

Health officials said people get sick from Salmonella 12 to 72 hours after ingesting the germ, and experience diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps.

At the time, there were a number of salmonella cases in New England, including five in MA and one in New Hampshire. Most healthy individuals recover without the need for treatment, although Infants, older adults, and people with a weakened immune system are at an increased risk of serious complications.



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