2018 is quickly becoming of the year of the recall. Following Tuesday’s massive melon scare at Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods and the egg and romaine lettuce recalls that took place in April, there’s yet another food to add to the caution list: Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.
While the recall affects boxes with UPC codes 3800039103 and 3800014810 and expiration dates of June 14, 2018, through June 14, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending that you do not eat ANY Honey Smacks. Instead, it is urging consumers to discard any purchased boxes immediately.
So far, 73 cases of Salmonella have been reported, 24 of which resulted in hospitalization. Kellogg’s has since launched an investigation into the contamination with its third-party manufacturer and is offering a full refund to anyone who purchased its product.
Salmonella symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain and can last for four to seven days. In most cases, patients recover without treatment, but fatal infections can occur in young children, frail or elderly people, and anyone with a weakened immune system.
To avoid contamination and potential illness, throw out any uneaten cereal. If you keep your cereal in a container you should dispose of the contents before washing the container thoroughly with warm, soapy water.
For more information, visit the Kellogg’s site or call 1-800-962-1413 from Monday to Friday between 9am and 6pm ET or Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm ET.
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