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Kellogg Company recalls Honey Smacks cereal after dozens sickened by salmonella

Honey Smacks cereal linked to illnesses in more than 30 states.
by Bryanna Cappadona /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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Kellogg Company announced Thursday it is voluntarily recalling specific packages of Honey Smacks cereal because some boxes might be contaminated with salmonella. The recall is based on preliminary evidence linking the cereal to more than 73 illnesses in 31 states.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 24 people, ranging in age from 1 to 87, have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Kellogg launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer that produces Honey Smacks after the Food & Drug Administration, as well as the CDC, contacted the company about reported illnesses. The CDC and the cereal company are working to remove the boxes quickly from stores.

The Honey Smacks boxes affected come in both 15.3- and 23-ounce packages, have "Best If Used By Dates" between June 14, 2018, and June 14, 2019, and have UPC codes 3800039103 and 3800014810. (The UPC code is the number found just below the barcode on the bottom of the box.)

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.

Kellogg said those who purchased the affected Honey Smacks boxes can throw them away and contact the company for a full refund.

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Don't eat the cereal, the CDC warned. If the cereal has been stored in a different container and the brand or type is unknown, throw the product away and thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again to prevent further contamination.

Illnesses that occurred after May 22 might not yet be reported so it's possible there will be more cases. It can take several weeks for symptoms to appear and the illness to be reported.

Other Kellogg products are not part of the recall.

Consumers with questions or concerns can call 1-800-962-1413 or visit kelloggs.com/honeysmacksrecall.

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