If you start your day with a nice bowl of cereal and milk, take extra caution if one of your boxes on rotation is Honey Smacks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week that the Kellogg's product, which is a grainy cereal with honey clusters, has been recalled.
The cereal is linked to a salmonella outbreak that, so far, has affected 73 people in 31 states, the CDC says. So, yesterday, Kellogg's announced a voluntary recall every 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce package of the cereal that features a "best if used by" date from June 14, 2018, through June 14, 2019, per a company statement.
According to data from the CDC, the states that have been hit the hardest so far from this salmonella outbreak are California, Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts. Instances of people getting sick from the cereal began in early March and persisted to late May, which is when the CDC was able to conclude "based on epidemiological evidence" that Honey Smacks was the source linked to the illness.
The CDC recommends consumers check their homes for recalled cereal and toss it.
Even if some of the cereal was eaten without anyone getting sick, you should either throw it away or return it to the place of purchase for a refund, the CDC advises. "If you store cereal in another container without the packaging and don’t remember the brand or type, throw it away," the CDC continues. "Thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again, to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food."
Symptoms of salmonella—a bacteria that can cause infections within the body—most commonly include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, chills, headache, and blood in your stool. Usually, these symptoms begin showing up within 12 hours of eating the contaminated food. If you have reason to believe you're affected by salmonella, seek medical help immediately before the condition worsens.