Kentucky among states affected by salmonella outbreak involving cereal

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/CNN) – Kentucky is one of 31 states affected by a salmonella outbreak linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 73 people have been sickened and 24 have been hospitalized during the time of the outbreak from March 3 to May 28.

Kentucky has one reported case.

No deaths have been reported.

The Kellogg Company says it has voluntarily recalled 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce packages of the cereal with a “best if used by” date from June 14, 2018, through June 14, 2019, according to a statement.

The UPC code for the recalled 15.3-ounce packages is 38000 39103, according to Kellogg’s and the CDC. The recalled 23-ounce packages have a UPC code of 38000 14810.

According to CNN, after the CDC and Food & Drug Administration contacted Kellogg’s about the reported illness, the company says it immediately launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer that produces the cereal.

Symptoms of salmonella include fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain that begins 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria. Most people recover in four to seven days.

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