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CDC warns: 'Do not eat or sell any' Honey Smacks cereal because of salmonella

The federal agency told retailers to stop selling the recalled cereal, which is linked to 30 more illnesses.
/ Source: TODAY

Another 30 people have gotten ill after eating Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, which is still being sold in some stores despite a total recall of the product because of possible salmonella contamination.

"Do not eat or sell any" form of the cereal, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an update Tuesday to a similar advisory it issued in July.

“Since the last update on July 12, 2018, 30 more illnesses have been reported, bringing the total to 130 cases from 36 states,” the CDC said in a statement.

The agency said 34 people have been hospitalized but no one has died. Three more states were added to the list of places where people have become ill: Delaware, Maine and Minnesota. A list of all the states can be found on the CDC page.

The cereal was recalled in June, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continued to find packages for sale in some stores.

The FDA warned consumers against buying Honey Smacks cereal and urged people to contact the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator if they spotted boxes on store shelves.

"Do not eat any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of package size or best-by date. Check your home for it and throw it away or return it to the place of purchase for a refund," the CDC warned in its update.

Kellogg's launched an investigation in early June with the third-party manufacturer that produces Honey Smacks after the FDA and the CDC contacted the company about reported illnesses.

The illnesses related to this salmonella outbreak started on March 3.

It can take several weeks for cases to be reported so it's possible there will be more illnesses.

People infected with salmonella can experience severe illness, though symptoms may vary. Symptoms, which can appear 12 to 72 hours after consuming contaminated food, include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever, according to the CDC.