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

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

People infected with Salmonella may have symptoms including diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.

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

In this outbreak, NY has the most cases (11), followed by Pennsylvania (eight), MA (seven), and California (six). While most recover within a week, some illnesses can last longer and be more severe. Thirty people have been hospitalized in this outbreak. Death is rare but may occur if the person is not treated quickly with antibiotics.

California has six cases listed as of Thursday, according to the disease control and prevention website. No deaths have been reported in the latest outbreak.

"Laboratory testing identified the outbreak strain of Salmonella in unopened and opened boxes of Honey Smacks cereal collected from retail locations and from ill people's homes", the new report stated.

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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".

The FDA says the third-party facility that makes Honey Smacks hasn't made any since June 12, two days before the recall. Products with a "best if used by" date between June 14, 2018 and June 14, 2019 in several sizes have been recalled, but the FDA has recommended consumers avoid any box of the cereal.

The FDA is urging the public to report if the product is being offered for sale to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their region.

The CDC and the FDA are working with state and local health officials across the country to investigate the source of the contamination.

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