Final Update on Salmonella-Tainted Honey Smacks Cereal
135 people sickened, 34 hospitalized, no deaths
THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A total of 135 people across 36 states fell ill with Salmonella after eating Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, according to a final update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Many of the illnesses linked to the Salmonella Mbandaka strain were severe. Thirty-four people were hospitalized; however, no deaths were reported. The illnesses first surfaced in early March and the last illness was reported on Aug. 29.
On June 14, Kellogg Co. announced it was recalling certain boxes of Honey Smacks cereal due to the possibility of contamination with Salmonella. The cereal under recall includes Honey Smacks 15.3 oz. size with the UPC code of 3800039103 and a Best if Used by Date of JUN 14, 2018, through JUN 14, 2019. Also included are Honey Smacks in the 23 oz. size with the same "Best Before" date and the UPC code of 3800014810.
"This outbreak investigation is over," according to the CDC. "However, recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal has a long shelf life and might still be in people's homes. Consumers unaware of the recall could continue to eat these products and potentially get sick."