If you have a thing for sugary breakfast cereals, check your pantry ASAP. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is strongly urging consumers to avoid eating Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal after health officials linked the cereal to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened dozens of people in at least 31 states.
"Do not eat recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal," the CDC said in a report confirming the outbreak. "Check your home for it and throw it away, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund."
More than 70 people in states all across the US have fallen ill after eating Honey Smacks since early March, when the first case of the illness was reported. At least 24 people have been hospitalized, but thankfully, no deaths have been reported as of this week. However, the CDC said there's a chance that additional cases of the illness that occurred after May 22 may not be included in these numbers due to the time it takes between becoming sick and reporting it to health officials.
On Thursday, Kellogg issued a nationwide recall of all 15.3oz and 23oz packages of Honey Smacks with certain UPC codes due to the potential health risk. Specifically, the company is recalling 15.3oz packages with the UPC code 38000 39103 and 23oz packages with the UPC code 38000 14810. All of the recalled boxes have a "best if used by date" of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019. If you have a box of Honey Smacks that matches that info, don't eat it.