Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Kellogg recalls cereal for possible Salmonella

Kellogg recalls cereal for possible Salmonella

The Kellogg Company announced Thursday it is voluntarily recalling specific packages of Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal because some boxes might be contaminated with salmonella.

NBC reports the US health regulator also said it is inspecting the third-party manufacturer that produces the cereal immediately after being contacted by the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a salmonella outbreak that's sickened 73 people in 31 states is linked to a variety of Kellogg's cereal. However, no deaths have been reported. Out of 55 people with information available, 24 have been hospitalized.

The voluntary recall involves its 15.3 ounce and 23 oz.

CDC says epidemiologic evidence shows Kellogg's Honey Smacks is a likely source of the outbreak.

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The company told the BBC the product also had a limited distribution in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. The agency said 30 of the 39 people interviewed about the foods they ate in the week before they grew ill reported eating cold cereal, and 14 people specifically reported eating Kellogg's Honey Smacks.

You can identify the recalled products by the "Best if Used By Date", which can be found on the top of the cereal box, or the "UPC code", which is found on the bottom of the packaging.

Kellogg is asking that people who purchased the potentially affected cereal discard it and contact the company for a full refund.

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

Illness from salmonella tends to last three to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.

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