FDA flags sale of recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal

CDC says avoid this cereal after it was linked to salmonella

FDA: Retailers cannot legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following recall

According to the FDA, retailers can't legally offer the cereal for sale.

Popular children's cereal Honey Smacks has been linked to a massive salmonella outbreak that has infected 100 people. Of those 100, 30 are known to be hospitalized.

The FDA is urging the public to report if the product is being offered for sale to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their region. The most recent of the illnesses was reported to the CDC on July 2, 18 days after the first recall notice.

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"Do not eat this cereal", the agency declared on Twitter. Though the official recall notice covers boxes with a date from June 2018 to June 2019, federal health officials now say consumers shouldn't bother checking dates or sizes and just avoid all boxes. The agency claimed two exemptions: "disclosure could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings" and possible disclosure of "trade secret and confidential commercial information". Pennsylvania (8), MA (7), and California (6) have the most cases, but illnesses are widespread and affecting all ages. At that time, 73 people in 31 states had confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning. The CDC said illnesses after June 19 may not have been reported yet because it takes an average of two to four weeks between the time a person becomes ill and when their illness is reported.

Common effects of salmonella is the result of a fever, cramps, or diarrhea within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria. The full map of how the sick are spread among the states can be found here.

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