OUTBREAK ALERT: Salmonella illnesses trigger Kellogg cereal recall


The Kellogg Company is recalling 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks® cereal after receiving word from FDA and CDC of reported Salmonella illnesses.

The recalled products include:
Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks®, 15.3 oz. Best if Used By dates from JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019; UPC 3800039103.
Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks®, 23 oz. Best if Used by dates from JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019; UPC 3800014810

Both product sizes were distributed across the USA. In addition the 15.3 oz size was distributed in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan.

The recalled product was manufactured for Kellogg by a third party.

Neither FDA nor CDC have posted information yet on the number of Salmonella illnesses or their geographic distribution.

Although uncommon, Salmonella contamination of a breakfast cereal is not unprecedented. In 1998, an outbreak that encompassed at least 209 people in eleven US states was traced to Millville Toasted Oats breakfast cereal contaminated with Salmonella Agona. The Millville cereal was manufactured by Malt-o-Mill, Inc., a Minnesota company.

Kellogg is asking people who purchased potentially affected product to discard it and contact the company for a full refund. Consumers seeking more information, including images of these products, can visit kelloggs.com/honeysmacksrecall or call 1-800-962-1413 from Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET.

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