Don’t go back to eating Kellogg’s Honey Smacks just yet.. At least that’s what the Centers for Disease Control is saying. Veuer’s Sam Berman has the full story.
Although the Kellogg Co. recalled all of its Honey Smacks cereal in June because a Salmonella outbreak was traced to it, federal officials report the sugar-coated puffed wheat is still being sold. Meanwhile, more people in more states are sick.
This week marks the second time outbreak investigators have warned the public that the recalled cereal is still available for purchase.
“The FDA has learned that some retailers are still selling this product,” the Food and Drug Administration reported July 12. “The FDA will continue to monitor this situation closely and follow up with retailers as we become aware of recalled products being offered for sale.”
Since that July 12 outbreak update, 30 more people have been added to the case count, bringing the total of confirmed illnesses to 130. The sick people are spread across 36 states, with Delaware, Minnesota and Maine now reporting patients. Kellogg distributed the Honey Smacks nationwide and to Guam and Saipan, and several foreign countries.
Public health officials are asking consumers who see Honey Smacks for sale to immediately contact the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their region. No Honey Smacks should be available at any stores, restaurants, institutional dining halls such as school cafeterias, or on the internet. It is against federal law to sell or give away recalled food.
“The Kellogg Co. recalled all Honey Smacks products that were on the market within the cereal’s one-year shelf-life. However, Honey Smacks products with earlier dates could also potentially be contaminated,” according to Tuesday’s outbreak update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.