Salmonella Outbreak in 31 States Linked to Kellogg’s Cereal
WASHINGTON, DC – June 17, 2018
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.
Just before the agency announced the outbreak, the Kellogg Co announced a recall of 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce packages of the cereal with a "best if used by" date from June 14, 2018, through June 14, 2019, according to a statement.
However, the US Food and Drug Administration expanded that recall. The recall notice accounts for all of the product that is on the market within the cereal's estimated one-year shelf-life, according to the agency website.
The CDC is urging people to throw away or return Honey Smacks cereals that fall under the recall.
"The FDA has already initiated an inspection of the facility that we believe is linked to the salmonella contamination. And we’ve worked with the company to immediately initiate a recall of this product,” said Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in an agency brief.
According to the CDC, 24 victims have been hospitalized so far and no deaths have been reported. Most of the outbreaks occurred in California, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania.
Salmonellosis is a symptomatic infection caused by bacteria of the Salmonella type. The most common symptoms are diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, and vomiting. They typically occur between 12 hours and 36 hours after exposure with the symptoms lasting from two to seven days. Occasionally more significant exposure to the disease can result in dehydration.
Typically, the illness lasts four to seven days, with most victims recovering without treatment.