FDA: Retailers can not legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following recall

CDC says avoid this cereal after it was linked to salmonella

FDA: Retailers can not legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following recall

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a popular Kellogg's cereal has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has infected 100 people in 33 states. No deaths have been reported.

The warning came less than a month after the company launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces the cereal after being contacted by the Food & Drug Administration and CDC regarding reported illnesses. This brings the total number of illnesses to 100 people since March, although the outbreak was not announced until June.

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

Kellogg in June recalled an estimated 1.3 million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal from more than 30 USA states due to the potential for Salmonella contamination.

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Though Kellogg recalled all Honey Smacks from shelves in June when they were linked to a salmonella outbreak, the FDA said Thursday that it has received reports of some stores still selling the cereal. "Additionally, the public is urged to report any product being offered for sale to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their region".

This comes as the federal agency continues to investigate a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella.

The agency has said that it has found salmonella stains in unopened and leftover samples of Honey Smacks. Products with a "best if used by" date between June 14, 2018 and June 14, 2019 in several sizes have been recalled, but the FDA has recommended consumers avoid any box of the cereal. Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal has a UPC code of 38000 39103.

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