The Center for Disease Control (CDC), public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka Infections in 31 states. So far, 73, people have been infected with the outbreak strain with 24 requiring hospitalization. The cause of the multistate outbreak is believed to be linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. This finding led to the Thursday, June 14, 2018, Kellogg Company recall of their 15.3 oz. (UPC code 38000 39103) and 23 oz. (UPC code of 38000 14810) packages of Honey Smacks cereal.
The cereal affected by the recall include those with a “best if used by” date from June 14, 2018, through June 14, 2019. This date can be located on the top of the cereal box. The UPC codes can be located on the bottom of each box. Those who have purchased the recalled cereal, should throw it away or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Even if some of the cereal was consumed and no one fell ill, the rest should be returned for a refund or disposed of. The CDC officials recommend that those storing the cereal in another container without packaging to identify the recalled product should throw it away. The container should be thoroughly washed with warm, soapy water before using it again to prevent contamination of other food. Retailers should not sell or serve the recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smack cereal.
Anyone believing that they are sick as a result of the consumption of the cereal should seek medical care. Those infected with Salmonella usually develop signs and symptoms 12-72 hours after being exposed. Symptoms include; diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. The CDC officials said that no deaths have been reported and any illnesses that occurred after May 22, 2018, might not have been reported yet since reporting typically takes 2-4 weeks.
Kellogg is asking that people who purchased potentially affected product discard it and contact the company for a full refund. Consumers seeking more information call 1-800-962-1413 from Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET or visit https://www.kelloggs.com/en_US/contact-us.html
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