Honey Smacks salmonella cases reach 100

Honey Smacks salmonella cases reach 100

Kellogg's was forced to recall Honey Smacks after an outbreak of salmonella was linked to the cereal.

The number of people with salmonella linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal has grown to 100 across the USA, prompting the CDC to issue a blunt warning via tweet: "Do not eat this cereal".

"Do not eat this cereal", the agency declared on Twitter.

The CDC announced Thursday that customers should avoid Honey Smacks, tweeting, "Do not eat this cereal". It's still not clear how the contamination might have occurred. Of those 100, 30 are known to be hospitalized. A case count map breaks down the location and prevalence of cases, the first of which was reported in early March. It takes on average two to four weeks between when a person becomes sick and when their illness is reported. No deaths have been reported in the latest outbreak.

The cereal is the likely source of the salmonella outbreak, the CDC said.

The statement said salmonella strains had been found in both unopened and leftover samples of Honey Smacks at several locations.

The CDC says 100 salmonella infections in 33 states have now been linked to Honey Smacks.

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

"The recall notice accounts for all of the product that is on the market within the cereal's estimated one year shelf-life. Thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again, to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food".

In some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized.

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