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CDC warning on Kellogg's Honey Smacks: "Do not eat this cereal"

CDC warning on Kellogg's Honey Smacks:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal is still being offered for sale despite being recalled in June.

In a post on Twitter Thursday, the CDC said Honey Smacks has been linked to 100 Salmonella infections in 33 states and warned, "Do not eat this cereal". The most recent of the illnesses was reported to the CDC on July 2, 18 days after the first recall notice.

At least 30 of the affected people have been hospitalized following the outbreak.

The FDA is sending out this reminder because it has learned some retailers are still selling the cereal.

The FDA said on Thursday it would follow up with retailers to prevent the sale of the product.

In addition, the agency has advised the public to report any sales of the cereal to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their area.

Consuming products contaminated with salmonella may result in serious illness, according to the CDC. Within 12 to 72 hours after infection, fever, stomach aches, and diarrhea begin. Though the recall covers cereal with a best-by date of June 14, 2018, through June 14, 2019, the agency is recommending people avoid the cereal altogether.

In this outbreak, NY has the most cases (11), followed by Pennsylvania (eight), MA (seven), and California (six).

"Laboratory testing identified the outbreak strain of Salmonella in unopened and opened boxes of Honey Smacks cereal collected from retail locations and from ill people's homes", the new report stated.

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