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Kellogg’s recalls honey smacks cereal over salmonella risk

FBR Staff Writer Published 18 June 2018

Kellogg has issued a voluntary recall of 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Honey Smacks cereal in the US and other countries owing to potential presence of Salmonella, which has reported to have caused illness in at least 73 people.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the illness cases have been reported from 31 US states, which have been linked with the consumption of the recalled cereal products.

The agency revealed that 24 of them have been hospitalized with Salmonella Mbandaka infections while no casualties have been reported.

CDC said that epidemiologic evidence suggests that Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal is a likely source of the multistate salmonella outbreak. The federal agency said that it is carrying out investigation of the outbreak alongside public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the US Food and Drug Administration.

CDC, in a statement, said: “In interviews, ill people answered questions about the foods they ate and other exposures in the week before they became ill. Thirty (77%) of 39 people interviewed reported eating cold cereal.

“In interviews, 14 people specifically reported eating Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. Ill people in this outbreak reported this cereal more often than any other cereals or food items.”

While the recalled 15.3 oz. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal product bears a UPC code of 38000 39103, the 23.0 oz. package of the recalled product has a UPC code of 38000 14810.

In addition to the US, the Kellogg’s recall applies to Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan, said Kellogg.

The cereal manufacturer said that it had initiated a probe with the third-party manufacturer who manufactures Honey Smacks following the notification from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC regarding reports of people falling sick over the cereals’ consumption.

CDC has urged people not to consume the recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal in any size package. It has appealed to the public to check their home for the product to either throw it away, or bring it back to the place of purchase for a refund.

The agency has also asked retailers not to sell or serve the recalled Kellogg’s cereal products.

Image: Kellogg's Honey Smacks Sweetened Puffed Wheat Cereal. Photo: courtesy of U.S. Food and Drug Administration.