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'Do not eat this cereal': CDC links Honey Smacks, salmonella

'Do not eat this cereal': CDC links Honey Smacks, salmonella

USA health officials have issued a stark warning against eating Honey Smacks, the popular Kellogg's breakfast cereal, after it was linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people in 33 states across the country in the past month. The company has recalled the cereal, and consumers and retailers are being advised to get rid of it. This brings the total number of illnesses to 100 people since March, although the outbreak was not announced until June. Thirty people have been hospitalized in this outbreak. "No deaths have been reported", the agency reported on its website. The two states added to the outbreak are Florida and Colorado.

Of those victims who were interviewed about what they ate, the most cited cereal was Honey Smacks.

Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal has now been linked to at least 100 cases of salmonella infection across the US since March.

People infected with Salmonella may have symptoms including diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.

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Symptoms last about four to seven days, and although most people improve without treatment, some may require hospitalization because of severe diarrhea. Check your home for it and throw it away, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. However, the FDA is asking that consumers avoid purchasing or consuming any Honey Smacks cereal for the time being - regardless of the dates on the box - out of an abundance of caution.

Additionally, if you stored the tainted cereal in any kind of a reusable container you'll need to wash and sanitize that container before you use it again.

But efforts to recall the product were not successful. The 15.3 oz. package's UPC code is 3800039103 and the 23 oz. package's UPC code is 3800014810.