Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Kellogg’s Cereal
Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal has been linked to 73 cases of Salmonella Mbandaka including one in Illinois according to a release from the Illinois Department of Health. The outbreak has been linked to 30 other states as well.
“The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging people to check their cupboards for Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks® and to throw them out if they find them, even if they have already eaten some and have not become sick,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “If you have recently eaten the cereal and experience diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider.”
Those affected typically develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after eating contaminated food and the symptoms can last between four and seven days. Elderly, infants, and those with compromised immune systems are at the greatest risk while most others will not need treatment and should recover within four to seven days.
Kellogg’s announced a voluntary recall of their 15.3 oz and 23 oz. Honey Smacks cereal while the outbreak is looked into.