CDC issues blunt warning about Honey Smacks as outbreak grows to 100

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The recall issued by Kellogg's remains unchanged, and affects both the large and small box sizes of Honey Smacks cereal with best-if-used-by dates between June 14th, 2018 and June 14th, 2019. "The FDA has learned that some retailers are still selling this product". Over 70 cases had already been confirmed and linked to the cereal, and Kellogg's was in the middle of a massive recall to get the product pulled from shelves. The first cases of illness in this outbreak began with symptoms on March 3, and the most recent individuals began feeling ill on July 2. Samples of the facility's environment and the product collected during the FDA's inspection match the outbreak strain of salmonella mbandaka, the agency said. People in 33 states have been sickened, and 30 of the 100 people who have fallen ill wound up in the hospital.

The CDC says regardless of the expiration date the cereal should be thrown away immediately or returned for a refund.

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The agency is urging consumers to avoid Honey Smacks, a sugary puffed wheat cereal which has been the subject of a recall by the company since mid-June. Florida has two people sick. But the cereal is still being sold in some stores.

Children under the age of 5 and adults over the age of 65, as well as people with weakened immune systems, are more likely to suffer more severe symptoms. Most infections usually last four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.

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