Health officials have linked a recent salmonella outbreak to The Kellogg Company’s Honey Smacks cereal. The outbreak has caused 73 illnesses and 24 hospitalizations, spread throughout 31 states. It is estimated that over 11 million boxes of the cereal have been recalled. The first reported outbreak began in early March of this year. This is now the eighth multi-state outbreak of food illnesses caused by salmonella in 2018.
Earlier this month, Kellogg voluntarily recalled the cereal boxes within a certain “best if used by date” in 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce packaging sizes. The 15.3 and 23 oz. packages specified by Kellogg’s have a best if used by date of June 14, 2018 – June 14, 2019. According to the FDA, consumers should be overly cautious by discarding any Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of the size or date. This is because the FDA and CDC believe it’s possible that contamination affected more than what was included in the initial recall. A third-party manufacturer produces Honey Smacks cereal, so Kellogg has launched an investigation into this company. Retailers have been advised not to sell the recalled Honey Smacks cereal. Visit kelloggs.com/honeysmacksrecall for more information.
Thus far, 39 of the patients who became ill from the cereal gave interviews – 30 of those claiming to have eaten Honey Smacks in the week before their symptoms began. Common symptoms of salmonella can include diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain. Such symptoms can last up to three days and are especially dangerous to children, elderly people and those with a weakened immune system.
Jones & Swanson is investigating these types of salmonella outbreak cases and we urge anyone who has experienced a similar incident to contact our firm for a consultation free of charge. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (770) 427-5498.