Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal has been linked to a multistate outbreak of salmonella infections. So far, a total of 73 people in 31 states have been affected according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No deaths have been reported, though 24 people have been hospitalized.
The CDC advises to avoid eating the now-recalled cereal. According to a statement on Thursday, Kellogg Company voluntarily recalled 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce packages of its Honey Smacks cereal with a best-if-used-by date of June 14, 2018, through June 14, 2019, which you can find at the top of the cereal box. The affected product was mainly distributed in the United States, but there was also limited distribution in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan. Kellogg also launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produced the cereal immediately after being contacted by the Food & Drug Administration and CDC regarding reported illnesses.
In addition to the best-if-used-by, you can also check the UPC code at the bottom of the box to see if you have an affected box in your pantry: The recalled 15.3-ounce cereal has a UPC code of 38000 39103, and the recalled 23-ounce cereal has a UPC code of 38000 14810. For images of the cereal, you can visit Kellogg’s website.
If you find affected cereal, Kellogg recommends throwing it away or returning it to the place of purchase for a refund.
The CDC reports that the illnesses from the outbreak started March 3 to May 28, with affected people ranging in age from less than 1 year old to 87 years old. Of those people, 65 percent are female, and most of the outbreaks occurred in California, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania.
The CDC’s investigation involved interviewing those who fell ill after consuming the cereal. According to the CDC, 14 of 30 people interviewed about the foods they ate one week leading up to falling ill reported eating Kellogg’s Honey Smacks. CDC also found that those who fell ill reported eating that cereal more than another cereal.
Healthy people infected with salmonella can experience fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea — which usually begin 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria. Typically, the illness lasts four to seven days, and most recover without treatment.
For more information on the recall, call Kellogg’s at 1-800-962-1413 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET.