CDC Issues Warning About Kellogg's Honey Smacks: 'Do Not Eat This Cereal'

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A CDC statement Thursday advised consumers not to eat any of the cereal regardless of package size or "best by" date. "The FDA has become aware that recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal are still being offered for sale".

The FDA is sending out this reminder because it has learned some retailers are still selling the cereal.

"All Honey Smacks cereal was recalled in June 2018". The first cases of illness in this outbreak began with symptoms on March 3, and the most recent individuals began feeling ill on July 2. Tests also confirmed the strain in samples of leftover Honey Smacks cereal from the homes of sickened people in Montana, New York, and Utah. At least 30 of the 100 people have been hospitalized; no deaths have been reported, the CDC said.

Kellogg Company, which did not respond to an immediate request for comment, launched an investigation into a third-party manufacturer who produces the cereal in mid-June after the infections were reported, according to the FDA. "Thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again, to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning people to stay away warning "Do not eat this cereal" in a Twitter warning issued on Thursday.

"Ill people range in age from less than one year to 95, with a median age of 57".

The illness usually lasts about four to seven days. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.

Some cases turn so severe that patients need to be hospitalized.