Health officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal. According to a release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 73 people in 31 states have fallen ill and 24 have been hospitalized. There are no reported deaths at this time.
On June 14, the Kellogg Company issued a voluntary recall on 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce boxes of Honey Smacks cereal with UPC codes 3800039103 and 3800014810, and a “best if used by” date of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019. All affected products were distributed in the U.S., Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti, and Saipan.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging anyone in possession of the recalled cereal to discard it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. If you store cereal in another container and are unaware of its UPC codes and best by dates, throw it away. Make sure to thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again.
Salmonella poisoning can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps that could last from four to seven days. Most people recover without medical treatment, but young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems may experience more severe reactions that could result in death. To find out which foods are safest for consumption, browse the 15 fruits and vegetables least likely to poison you.