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

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

"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.

A sign hangs outside the Kellogg's factory near Manchester, Britain March 7, 2016.

In June, Kellogg said it was investigating the third-party manufacturer that produces Honey Smacks after it was contacted by the FDA and CDC about the illness.

That's the frank message the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had for lovers of the breakfast staple Honey Smacks on Thursday after 100 people were infected with salmonella and 30 of them hospitalized. Interviews with ill people allowed investigators to identify Honey Smacks as a possible source of the illnesses, triggering the recall. The most recent of the illnesses was reported to the CDC on July 2, 18 days after the first recall notice. About 450 people die in the United States each year from salmonella.

The recall effort follows other prominent salmonella outbreaks, including one linked to pre-cut melon from an facility in Indianapolis that sickened 70 people and another connected to eggs from a single North Carolina producer where 45 people were made sick.

Retailers should not sell or serve Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal.

The CDC says that regardless of expiration date, the cereal should be thrown away or returned to a retailer for a refund. Within 12 to 72 hours after infection, fever, stomach aches, and diarrhea begin.


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