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'Do not eat this cereal': CDC links Honey Smacks, salmonella

'Do not eat this cereal': CDC links Honey Smacks, salmonella

The Food and Drug Administration says retails still can not legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following a recall.

"Do not eat Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal of any size package or with any "best if used by" date", it wrote."Do not eat this cereal", the CDC said bluntly in a tweet.

The CDC says that regardless of expiration date, the cereal should be thrown away or returned to a retailer for a refund.

Common effects of salmonella is the result of a fever, cramps, or diarrhea within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria. No deaths have been reported in this outbreak. Healthy individuals typically recover in four to seven days with treatment.

Florida and Colorado are the latest states to report illnesses as part of the outbreak, bringing the total number of states affected to 33.




Kelloggs voluntarily began recalling the cereal in June.

The Food and Drug Administration said about 1.3 million cases of the popular Kellogg's cereal, described as a sweetened puffed wheat product, had been recalled from more than 30 states last month, Reuters reported.

If you store cereal that looks like Kellogg's Honey Smacks in a container without the packaging and don't remember the brand or type, throw it away. 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.

The recalled products also can be identified by the UPC code on the bottom of the boxes.