CDC: 100 sick in salmonella outbreak linked to Honey Smacks

Published: Jul. 12, 2018 at 9:40 PM CDT
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a popular Kellogg's cereal has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has infected 100 people in 33 states.

The CDC announced Thursday that customers should avoid Honey Smacks, tweeting, "Do not eat this cereal." The agency says it found salmonella in samples of Honey Smacks, which has been subject to a voluntary recall by Kellogg since mid-June.

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

The CDC says at least 30 of the people infected in the outbreak have been hospitalized. It says most people infected with salmonella develop a fever, cramps or diarrhea within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria.

Wisconsin confirmed a case of Salmonella linked to Honey Smacks cereal a month ago. The CDC says that remains the only case here, a month after the recall began.

"You should not eat any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal in any size package," read a statement from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Symptoms of Salmonella include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most people will recover without issue, but Salmonella can be more serious for the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

If you store cereal in a separate container, make sure you wash it out with warm, soapy water.