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Urgent Recall For Kellogg's Honey Smacks: "Do Not Eat This Cereal"


Last month, Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal was taken off the shelves as part of a nationwide recall.

But this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning parents again not to buy or eat the cereal.

The reason for the recall is a major Salmonella outbreak, and experts say no box of Honey Smacks is safe.

"Do not eat this cereal."

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The CDC warns not to buy or eat Honey Smacks.NBC 4

In a revised warning today, the CDC did not mince words about the risk of eating Honey Smacks:

"100 Salmonella infections in 33 states linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal," the agency wrote on Twitter.

"Do not eat this cereal."

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Cases of Salmonella linked to the popular breakfast cereal began in March.

But after a recall in June, more patients have been diagnosed with salmonellosis linked to the cereal, forcing the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration to get serious.

"Do not eat Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal of any size package or with any 'best if used by' date," the FDA urged in an updated warning about the outbreak.

The agencies are especially concerned by news that some retailers have continued stocking Honey Smacks after the recall.

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33 states have been affected by the outbreak, but experts say no one should eat Honey Smacks.CDC

They're now urging shoppers to throw away any boxes of Honey Smacks in their home, even if you've eaten from the box without getting sick.

They also say to wash any containers that held Honey Smacks with warm, soapy water to prevent infection.

So far, 100 people in 33 states have been infected by tainted cereal, but the recall and warnings apply nationwide and to countries in the Caribbean.

Shoppers in U.S. territories including Puerto Rico and Guam are also included in the warning.

Risk Of Salmonella Infection

Salmonella bacteria.NIAID

Salmonella is a bacteria known for causing a stomach infection called salmonellosis.

According to the FDA, symptoms of the infection include "diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps."

The agency notes that infections "usually lasts [four to seven] days and most people recover without treatment, however some people develop diarrhea so severe that they need to be hospitalized."

But in other cases, the infection can spread through the bloodstream to other parts of the body.

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So far 30 of the infected patients have been hospitalized. The agency says that salmonella kills 400 people in America each year.

Young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems have a greater risk of developing an infection.

This year has already seen a number of other salmonella outbreaks, including from tainted eggs, pre-cut melon, and romaine lettuce.

Let's make sure no more people get infected by this tainted cereal!

Read the full CDC warning.

Read the full FDA update.

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