In June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Honey Smacks cereal recall. Salmonella contamination was the culprit behind the early-summer recall alert. And while plenty of parents—and other non-parent consumers—pulled the cereal from their kitchen shelves, it seems like there are still cases of the illness being reported. Representatives for Kellogg’s did not immediately return Red Tricycle’s request for comment.
In an update issued Sep. 4, 2018, the CDC noted that 30 people have become ill in 19 states, since the agency’s last update in July. Along with the updated illness stats, the CDC reports that people in three previously unaffected states—Delaware, Minnesota and Maine—have also become sick.
The affected cereal was sold under the brand name Honey Smacks, and includes 15.3 oz. packages with best if used by dates between June 14, 2018 and June 14, 2019 and 23 oz. packages with best if used by dates between June 14, 2018 and June 14, 2019. The affects cereal also has either a UPC code of 3800039103 or 3800014810.
Kellogg, the makers of Honey Smacks, cautioned consumers against eating the cereal and offered full refunds. Even though the cereal recall was nearly a month ago, that apparently doesn’t mean the Salmonella outbreak has ended. According to the CDC’s website, recent reported illnesses have happened after consumers ate affected cereal that they had in their homes.
So what does this mean for you? It’s very much a buyer beware situation. If your grocery retailer sells Honey Smacks, check the UPC code and use by date to make sure that it isn’t part of the recall.
If it is a recalled product, DON’T buy it. Alert the store manager (or a staff member) about the recalled product—They’ll need to remove it from the shelves pronto.
If you do have a recalled box of Honey Smacks at home, contact Kellogg at 1-800-962-1413 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET or Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. You can also visit kelloggs.com/honeysmacksrecall for more info.
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