The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has one thing to say about Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal: Don’t eat it. Though the manufacturer recalled the breakfast item in June after 73 people in 31 states became infected with salmonella from eating Honey Smacks, the outbreak has spread as some grocery stores continue to sell the product.
According to the CDC, now 100 people in 33 different states have been infected with salmonella in connection to this sweet puffed wheat cereal. There have been 30 hospitalizations, but luckily there have been no deaths.
If you have Honey Smacks in your pantry, the government agency recommends that you not eat it regardless of package size or best-by date, even if people in your home have consumed the cereal and not gotten sick. Either throw the cereal away or return it to your point of purchase for a refund. If you have a cereal stored in a container and aren’t sure whether or not it’s Honey Smacks, you should still throw it away and thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water.
Salmonella poisoning can cause diarrhea, fever, chills, and abdominal pain. Most people recover in four to seven days without medical treatment, but young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems may experience more severe reactions that could result in death. So if you had to pitch your Honey Smacks, what should you eat for breakfast instead? We recommend these scrumptious (and protein-packed) dishes.