30 more cases reported
(WXYZ) – As the salmonella outbreak continues to sicken more and more people, the CDC has issued another warning not to eat Honey Smacks cereal.
***VIDEO NOTE: During his segment on 7 Action News, Dr. Nandi misspoke and mentioned Sugar Smacks. They are not affected by the CDC warning***
Thirty more people from 19 States have fallen ill, bringing the total to 130 people.
Here’s what’s important to know: If you have a box of Honey Smacks cereal sitting in your kitchen pantry, you need to get rid of it.
It doesn’t matter if you bought it yesterday, or back in March, or whether you opened the box this morning or six months ago. And you don’t need to look at the best-by-date, the UPC Code numbers, or even how large the cereal box is.
What matters is that you do not eat it.
Please throw it out, or return it to the store, or contact Kellogg’s for a refund.
The CDC has asked stores not to sell it, but the concern is that contaminated boxes of Honey Smacks may still be in circulation.
Kellogg’s stopped making the cereal back in June and has not shipped any new boxes to retailers. So if you see the product on store shelves, call the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator at 313-393-8189.
The CDC estimates that 23,000 people are hospitalized every year due to salmonella, and around 450 people die because of it.
For most of us, a salmonella infection will cause symptoms like fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps which typically lasts between 4 and seven days. Some people can be hospitalized because of severe diarrhea.
There’s also a possibility that the infection could spread from the intestines to the bloodstream. And if antibiotics are not given soon enough, then death can happen.
Luckily this is very rare, and no deaths so far have been linked to this outbreak. However, there have been 34 people hospitalized.
- Salmonella is very sneaky, you can’t see or smell it. Once inside a food plant, it can cling to equipment, storage bins, floors, and people’s hands, making it possible to get inside packaged foods like cereal and crackers.
- To find food recalls, check the FDA’s “Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts” website at www.fda.gov/safety/recalls. You can sign up for safety email alerts or use their Web Widget or Mobile App to see the latest recalls.
- There is no vaccine to prevent salmonellosis. So after preparing raw meat, clean up anything that came into contact with it like your counters, hands, cutting boards, and utensils; be sure to cook ground beef, poultry and eggs thoroughly; and please do not eat foods that contain raw eggs or unpasteurized milk as these can also be contaminated.
- Antibiotics are not a treatment for most salmonella infections unless the bacteria has spread into the bloodstream which is rare. Salmonella is not usually life-threatening but older folks, babies, and anyone with a weakened immune system can really develop dangerous complications and would likely need to be hospitalized.
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