There has been a recall of Honey Smacks due to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releasing data on a salmonella outbreak through the product that has affected over 31 states. The Honey Smacks salmonella outbreak was announced Thursday when Kellogg’s announced that it would be recalling 15.3 oz and 23 oz boxes of the cereal. Fortunately, Kellogg’s does report that no other cereals were affected by the infection. Here’s what we know about the Honey Smacks Recall:
According to the CDC, the illnesses from the outbreak started March 3 and lasted through May 28. Twenty-four people have been hospitalized, though no deaths have been reported. The majority of the outbreaks have occurred in Massachusetts, New York, California, and Pennsylvania.
Investigation of the outbreak
Consumer Affairs reports that to find the source of the outbreak, CDC officials used epidemiological evidence, including patterns in the geographic distribution of illnesses, the time periods when people got sick, past outbreaks involving the same germ, foods or other exposures occurring more often in sick people than expected, and clusters of unrelated sick people who ate at the same restaurant, shopped at the same grocery store, or attended the same event.
Based on their findings, the Honey Smacks cereal was the likely cause of the infection. The CDC reported that 30 of the 39 people interviewed about the foods they ate in the week before getting sick all ate cold cereal, and 14 specifically reported eating Honey Smacks. Additionally, those who were sick reported eating Honey Smacks cereal more than any other cereal.
After the CDC and Food & Drug Administration (FDA) contacted Kellogg’s about the outbreak, the company immediately conducted their own investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces Honey Smacks.
What to do next
While this investigation is ongoing and the CDC will provide updates when more information is available, both Kellogg’s and the CDC are encouraging consumers to throw away any boxes of the cereal with the affected UPC codes/dates: 3800039103 or 3800014810 dated from June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019.
Kellogg’s also urges customers to contact the company to receive a full refund for the cereal.
The following product, which was distributed in the U.S, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan, is being recalled:
|Description (Retail)||UPC Code||Size||BEST If Used By Date|
|Honey Smacks (with limited distribution outside the U.S.)||3800039103||15.3 oz||JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019|
|Honey Smacks||3800014810||23 oz||JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019|
The BEST if Used By Date is on the top of the cereal box, and the UPC code is on the bottom.
Consumers seeking more information may contact the company at (800) 962-1413 Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET) and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (ET), or online at kelloggs.com/honeysmacksrecall.
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