Salmonella contamination

CDC reports 30 more illnesses related to Kellogg’s Salmonella-contaminated cereal

By Douglas Yu

- Last updated on GMT

Pic: ©GettyImages/metamoreworks
Pic: ©GettyImages/metamoreworks
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported another 30 people have been stricken by Kellogg’s cereal tainted by Salmonella, bringing the total to 130 cases from 36 US states.

The CDC said illnesses in this outbreak have occurred between March 3 and August 7, 2018.  So far, 34 people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.

Kellogg recalled 1.3 million cases of Honey Smacks from across the country in June and ceased the production of the brand as soon as it learnt of its possible connection to the Salmonella contamination. 

“[We] have not yet shipped any new cereal to retailers,”​ said Kellogg’s media relations team.

“Kellogg is asking that people who purchased potentially affected product discard it and contact the company for a full refund.”

Still on shelf

According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, the recalled cereal is still being sold in some locations, noting it has year-long shelf life and could still be in many households.

The CDC has emphasized consumers must throw away Honey Smacks in any size package and with any ‘best if used by’​ date, as well as “thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food.

“Most people [affected by Salmonella] recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe,”​ the government entity said.

The investigation is ongoing and the CDC said will provide more information as it becomes available.

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