The number of people with salmonella linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal has grown to 100 across the United States, prompting the CDC to issue a blunt warning via tweet: "Do not eat this cereal".
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. Of those 100, 30 are known to be hospitalized. The company voluntarily recalled the cereal last month, but the FDA says it's apparently still on grocery shelves and in kitchen cupboards, reports CNN.
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. 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 CDC announced Thursday that customers should avoid Honey Smacks, tweeting, "Do not eat this cereal". Samples of the facility's environment and the product collected during the FDA's inspection match the outbreak strain of salmonella mbandaka, the agency said.
Florida and Colorado are the latest states to report illnesses as part of the outbreak, bringing the total number of states affected to 33. It says most people infected with salmonella develop a fever, cramps or diarrhea within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria.
Symptoms last about four to seven days, and although most people improve without treatment, some may require hospitalization because of severe diarrhea.