CDC Updates Recall of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal
There are now thirty more reports of illness after eating Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, which was originally recalled in June over salmonella concerns.
Details of the Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Recall
According to USA Today, reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that the total number of cases for the recall has now reached 130.
On Tuesday, the CDC released an update that advised retailers to immediately stop sales of any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, and the health agency also told consumers not to buy or eat the cereal. This recall reemphasizes a CDC advisory released in July.
The new reports of illness occurred in 19 states, including Delaware, Maine, and Minnesota, which were not on the CDC’s last recall. A total of 36 states have been affected, and full list from the CDC can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/mbandaka-06-18/map.html
Salmonella infection can cause serious illness, including fatal infections, fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, especially for young, frail, or elderly people, according to the CDC. While healthy individuals typically recover within 4 to 7 days of treatment, individuals with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk for illness and death.
According to the CDC, reported illnesses linked to Honey Smacks date back to March, and affected children less than a year old to those as old as 95. More than 30 people have been hospitalized after eating the cereal. No deaths have been reported.
Tips for Preventing Salmonella Infection
The CDC released the following safety tips to prevent salmonella poisoning in addition to avoiding recalled food items:
- Cook poultry, ground beef, and eggs thoroughly. Do not eat or drink foods containing raw eggs, or raw (unpasteurized) milk.
- If you are served undercooked meat, poultry or eggs in a restaurant, don’t hesitate to send it back to the kitchen for further cooking.
- Wash hands, kitchen work surfaces, and utensils with soap and water immediately after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry.
- Be particularly careful with foods prepared for infants, the elderly, and the immunocompromised.
- Wash hands with soap after handling reptiles, birds, or baby chicks, and after contact with pet feces.
- Avoid direct or even indirect contact between reptiles (turtles, iguanas, other lizards, snakes) and infants or immunocompromised persons.
- Don’t work with raw poultry or meat, and an infant (e.g., feed, change diaper) at the same time.
- Mother’s milk is the safest food for young infants. Breastfeeding prevents salmonellosis and many other health problems.
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