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The CDC final investigation update of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to Honey Smacks

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Contact: Media Relations,
(404) 639-3286

The CDC final investigation update of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to Honey Smacks has been posted at https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/mbandaka-06-18/index.html.

Updates:

  • Although this outbreak investigation is over, recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal has a long shelf life and might still be in people’s homes and could make people sick if eaten.
  • There were 135 ill people reported in this outbreak from 36 states, including 34 who were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.
  • Illnesses in this outbreak started on dates ranging from March 3, 2018 to August 29, 2018.
  • People get sick from Salmonella 12 to 72 hours after swallowing the germ and experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.
  • Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.

Advice:

  • Do not eat recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal with a “best if used by” date of June 14, 2019 or earlier. Check your home for it and throw it away, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Retailers should not sell or serve recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.
  • If you stored cereal that looks like Kellogg’s Honey Smacks in a container without the packaging and don’t remember the brand or type, throw it away. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks is a sweetened puffed wheat cereal.

If you have further questions about this outbreak, please call the CDC media line at (404) 639-3286. If you have questions about cases in a particular state, please call that state’s health department.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

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