This Popular Breakfast Cereal Is Facing a Major Recall

Honey Smacks cereal has been linked to a salmonella outbreak.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a salmonella outbreak has been linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal. As of now, over 100 people have been impacted. A salmonella infection is typically marked by diarrhea, cramping, fever, loss of appetite, fatigue, and dehydration, with symptoms typically lasting about four to seven days. The first reported case of cereal-tied salmonella infection was back in early March and thirty-three states have reported salmonella infections so far.

While most people generally improve without medical intervention, some may require a hospital stay if they are suffering from severe diarrhea and dehydration. As of now, thirty people have been hospitalized. While rare, those infected with salmonella can die if they are not treated with antibiotics, as this disease can spread from the intestines to the blood. To prevent the further spread of disease, the FDA has asked consumers to report any sales of Honey Smacks since retailers cannot legally sell this cereal as of now. If you think you may be infected, contact your primary care physician as soon as possible. 


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