The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that twenty-seven more people have gotten sick in a multi-state outbreak of salmonella illness linked to recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. This brings the total number of illnesses to 100 people since March, although the outbreak was not announced until June.
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. In all, thirty-three states have been affected, with two cases reported in Georgia and two in Alabama.
Symptoms last about four to seven days, and although most people improve without treatment, some may require hospitalization because of severe diarrhea. Thirty people have been hospitalized in this outbreak.
The US Food and Drug Administration is urging people not to eat, and retailers not to sell Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. “The FDA has become aware that recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal are still being offered for sale,” the agency said in a statement. “All Honey Smacks cereal was recalled in June 2018. Retailers cannot legally offer the cereal for sale and consumers should not purchase Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.”
The CDC and the FDA are working with state and local health officials across the country to investigate the source of the contamination.