CDC Says Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka Infections Linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal
July 13, 2018
(NATIONAL) -- The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) has issued a warning for people to avoid eating Honey Smacks, a well known breakfast cereal that has been linked to a salmonella outbreak.
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In a statement on its website the CDC says it “continues to recommend people not eat and retailers not sell any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. It might be contaminated with Salmonella and could make people sick.”
The agency says “Twenty-seven more ill people from 19 states were added to this outbreak since the last update on June 14, 2018. Two more states reported ill people: Florida and Colorado.”
The CDC recommends that people check their homes for boxes of the cereal and throw it away, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.
The Kellogg Company recalled the cereal on June 14, 2018. The CDC says retailers should not sell or serve Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal even if some of the cereal has been eaten and no one got sick, throw the rest of it away or return it for a refund.
If you store cereal at your home that looks like Kellogg’s Honey Smacks in a container without the packaging and don’t remember the brand or type, throw it away and thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again, to remove any harmful germs that could contaminate other food.
~ CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka infections.
~ 100 people infected with the outbreak strain have been reported from 33 states.
~ 30 people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
~ Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal is the likely source of this multistate outbreak.
~ This investigation is ongoing and CDC will provide updates when more information is available.