FDA flags sale of recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded a recall of Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal believed to pose a risk of salmonella.

"Do not eat this cereal". More than 100 people have become sick and 30 were hospitalized. However, the FDA is asking that consumers avoid purchasing or consuming any Honey Smacks cereal for the time being - regardless of the dates on the box - out of an abundance of caution. Pennsylvania (8), MA (7), and California (6) have the most cases, but illnesses are widespread and affecting all ages.

Use or consumption of products contaminated with salmonella can result in serious illness, including fatal infections, fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, especially for young, frail or elderly people, according to the CDC.

Kellogg's first issued a product recall on 14 June that warned of possible salmonella contamination. "All Honey Smacks cereal was recalled in June 2018".

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Symptoms last about four to seven days, and although most people improve without treatment, some may require hospitalization because of severe diarrhea. The federal agency urges consumers to report any product being offered for sale to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their region. No deaths have been reported.

So far people from 33 states have been affected.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal is still being offered for sale despite being recalled in June. Customers should either throw away the product or may return their box of cereal to a store for a full refund.

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