Multi-state, cereal-linked salmonella outbreak includes Arizona

Kellogg recalls Honey Smacks cereal

By Jon Johnson

ATLANTA GEORGIA – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending people to not eat Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal due to it being linked to a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella infections.

The CDC lists epidemiological evidence that the cereal is a likely source of the outbreak. 

Salmonella are a gram-negative, rod-shaped bacilli that can cause salmonellosis – a type of food poisoning often linked to contaminated water or foods, especially meat, poultry, and eggs. Symptoms may include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, chills, fever, and vomiting.

According to the CDC, 73 people have been infected with the outbreak strain in 31 states as of Friday morning. While no deaths have been reported, 24 people have been hospitalized.

On Thursday, June 14, the Kellogg Company recalled 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce packages of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. The recalled cereal have a “best if used by” date from June 14, 2018, through June 14, 2019, on the top of the box. Additionally, the recalled 15.3-ounce cereal boxes have a UPC code of 38000 39103 and the 23-ounce boxes have a UPC code of 38000 14810.

The CDC recommends consumers check your cereal boxes if you have Honey Smacks and throw it away or return it to the place of purchase for a refund if it has the same UPC code. If a consumer has transferred the cereal into a different container and does not remember the brand or type, the CDC recommends throwing it away to avoid possible exposure. Afterward, thoroughly wash the container with soap and water before using it again.