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

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"Retailers can not legally offer the cereal for sale and consumers should not purchase Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal", the FDA reported.

The CDC is warning people "Do not eat this cereal".

In a statement released Thursday, the agency said, "Do not eat any Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of package size or best-by date".

One hundred people are confirmed with infections from Salmonella Mbandaka, with 30 having been admitted to hospitals, according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention.

Meanwhile, the number of sick people continues to increase. No deaths have been reported, the CDC said.

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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Two people in Kentucky have become ill with this strain of Salmonella. The outbreak began on June 8, prompting Caito Foods, LLC to recall precut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fruit medley products produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis.

Earlier this year, 210 people were infected by an E. coli outbreak that killed five people linked to romaine lettuce that had been grown in Arizona.

Of those victims who were interviewed about what they ate, the most cited cereal was Honey Smacks.

Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps within about 12 to 72 hours of exposure.

Symptoms last about four to seven days, and although most people improve without treatment, some may require hospitalization because of severe diarrhea.

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