Kellogg's recalls Honey Smacks cereal due to possible salmonella risk

Gladys Abbott
June 15, 2018

Kellogg Co. has launched a recall of Honey Smacks cereal after federal health regulators linked the product to salmonella-related illnesses reported in several states. No deaths have been reported, the CDC said.

The Centers for Disease Control said people should not eat recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal.

The UPC code for the recalled 15.3-ounce packages is 38000 39103, according to Kellogg's and the CDC.

Anyone with Honey Smacks cereal part of the recall is asked to throw it away, Kellogg's said. Nevertheless, the recalled products were distributed across the US, as well as in Costa Rica, Guatemala, the Caribbean, and Tahiti. The 15.3-oz. packages have UPC code 3800039103 while the 23-oz. have UPC code 3800014810.

The recalled cereal was distributed nationwide as well as in some areas of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Carribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan.

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Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria.

In rare circumstances, infection with salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses, according to the FDA. High-risk people include children younger than 5 years, adults older than 65, and people with weakened immune systems.

Salmonella can cause diarrhea and severe abdominal cramps lasting up to three days and is particularly risky to young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

Outbreak statisticsThe CDC reports that outbreak illnesses started on dates from March 3 to May 28.

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