100 salmonella cases linked to recalled Honey Smacks cereal

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The number of people with salmonella linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal has grown to 100 across the U.S., prompting the CDC to issue a blunt warning via tweet: "Do not eat this cereal".

A salmonella outbreak linked to a popular Kellogg's cereal has infected 100 people, the United States' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday (July 12).

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At least 30 of the affected people have been hospitalized following the outbreak.

In a post on Twitter Thursday, the CDC said Honey Smacks has been linked to 100 Salmonella infections in 33 states and warned, "Do not eat this cereal".

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The FDA is sending out this reminder because it has learned some retailers are still selling the cereal. "Additionally, the public is urged to report any product being offered for sale to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their region". "All Honey Smacks cereal was recalled in June 2018". Samples of the facility's environment and the product collected during the FDA's inspection match the outbreak strain of salmonella mbandaka, the agency said.

According to the CDC, salmonella is responsible for about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalisations, and 450 deaths a year, the majority of which are sourced from food. They usually disappear after four to seven days. While most recover within a week, some illnesses can last longer and be more severe. Pennsylvania (8), MA (7), and California (6) have the most cases, but illnesses are widespread and affecting all ages.

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