Kellogg's Honey Smacks: officials warn against cereal after salmonella outbreak

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This comes as the federal agency continues to investigate a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella.

The CDC reported that 24 of the people affected have been hospitalized after becoming infected with bacteria.

The FDA said on Thursday it would follow up with retailers to prevent the sale of the product. Pennsylvania (8), MA (7), and California (6) have the most cases, but illnesses are widespread and affecting all ages.

Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps within about 12 to 72 hours of exposure. Products with a "best if used by" date between June 14, 2018 and June 14, 2019 in several sizes have been recalled, but the FDA has recommended consumers avoid any box of the cereal.

Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal has now been linked to at least 100 cases of salmonella infection across the US since March.

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The CDC says 100 salmonella infections in 33 states have now been linked to Honey Smacks.

In addition, the agency has advised the public to report any sales of the cereal to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their area.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning people to stay away warning "Do not eat this cereal" in a Twitter warning issued on Thursday. No deaths have been reported, the CDC said.

The illness usually lasts about four to seven days. Customers should either throw away the product or may return their box of cereal to a store for a full refund. Most healthy individuals recover without the need for treatment, although Infants, older adults, and people with a weakened immune system are at an increased risk of serious complications.

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