'Do not eat this cereal': CDC links Honey Smacks, salmonella

CDC says avoid this cereal after it was linked to salmonella

CDC says avoid this cereal after it was linked to salmonella

The CDC says at least 30 of the people infected in the outbreak have been hospitalized. Pennsylvania (8), MA (7), and California (6) have the most cases, but illnesses are widespread and affecting all ages.

Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and typically present 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria. While most recover within a week, some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.

The recall effort follows other prominent salmonella outbreaks, including one linked to pre-cut melon from an facility in Indianapolis that sickened 70 people and another connected to eggs from a single North Carolina producer where 45 people were made sick. No deaths have been reported in the latest outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged consumers: "Do not eat this cereal".

Though Kellogg recalled all Honey Smacks from shelves in June when they were linked to a salmonella outbreak, the FDA said Thursday that it has received reports of some stores still selling the cereal. More information on the recall can be found on the FDA's website.

So far people from 33 states have been affected.

U.S. health officials have issued a blunt warning for people to avoid Honey Smacks, a popular breakfast cereal linked to a salmonella outbreak.

The warning came less than a month after the company launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces the cereal after being contacted by the Food & Drug Administration and CDC regarding reported illnesses.

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