CDC warning: Do not eat any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal

ATLANTA, Ga. (WTVQ) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a blunt warning about a popular cereal – do not eat it.

A salmonella outbreak linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal has infected 100 people, with least 30 of the 100 hospitalized, according to the CDC.

There have been no deaths reported.

Kentucky is among the 33 states affected by the outbreak, with two confirmed cases.

“Do not eat Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal of any size package or with any ‘best if used by’ date,” the CDC wrote on its website.

The agency says it has found salmonella strains in unopened and leftover samples of Honey Smacks.

Though the recall covers cereal with a best-by date of June 14, 2018, through June 14, 2019, the agency is recommending people avoid the cereal altogether.

Kellogg’s recalled an estimated 1.3 million cases of the cereal but the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it believes the cereal is still being sold by some stores.

“Retailers cannot legally offer the cereal for sale and consumers should not purchase Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal,” it wrote.

According to the CDC, salmonella is responsible for about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths a year, the majority of which are sourced from food.

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