Some stores still selling Honey Smacks, FDA warns

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Some stores are still selling Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, which had been recalled in June for possible contamination with salmonella, the Food and Drug Administration reported Thursday.

The FDA warned consumers not to purchase Honey Smacks cereal and urged people to contact the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator if the boxes are still on store shelves.

“The FDA has learned that some retailers are still selling this product,” the FDA stated in the release. “Retailers cannot legally offer the cereal for sale and consumers should not purchase Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.”

At least 100 people in 33 states have become ill with Salmonella Mbandaka after eating Honey Smacks cereal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thirty people were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. The illnesses in this outbreak started on March 3 and the last reported illness was July 2.

It can take several weeks for cases to reported so it’s possible more people have been sickened by the cereal.

Kellogg launched an investigation in early June with the third-party manufacturer that produces Honey Smacks after the FDA and the CDC contacted the company about reported illnesses.

The Honey Smacks boxes affected come in both 15.3- and 23-ounce packages, have “Best If Used By Dates” between June 14, 2018, and June 14, 2019, and have UPC codes 3800039103 and 3800014810. (The UPC code is the number found just below the barcode on the bottom of the box.)

Throw it out or return for refund

Don’t eat the cereal, the CDC warned.

If the cereal has been stored in a different container and the brand or type is unknown, throw the product away and thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again to prevent further contamination.

People infected with salmonella can experience severe illness, though symptoms may vary. Symptoms, which can appear 12 to 72 hours after consuming contaminated food, include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever, according to the CDC.

Other Kellogg products are not part of the recall.

Consumers with questions or concerns can call 1-800-962-1413 or visit kelloggs.com/honeysmacksrecall.

Senior health editor Jane Weaver contributed to this report