Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Recalled Honey Smacks still on store shelves; more people sick

Recalled Honey Smacks still on store shelves; more people sick

"Do not eat any Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of package size or best-by date", the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised consumers this week.

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

According to Reuters, the company recalled an estimated 1.3 million cases of the cereal but the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Thursday that it believes the cereal is still being sold by some stores. "Additionally, the public is urged to report any product being offered for sale to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their region".

At the time, there were a number of salmonella cases in New England, including five in MA and one in New Hampshire.

In June, Kellogg said it was investigating the third-party manufacturer that produces Honey Smacks after it was contacted by the FDA and CDC about the illness.

The cases have been reported in 33 states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Maryland and Virginia.

The CDC reports that the first known victim became sick on March 3. "No deaths have been reported", the agency reported on its website. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

People infected with salmonella bacteria can show symptoms after just 12 hours, including diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. However, people in high-risk groups, which include children, older adults, pregnant women and anyone with a compromised immune system can develop serious complications which require hospitalization.

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