The CDC says at least 30 of the people infected in the outbreak have been hospitalized.
The agency said that epidemiological and laboratory evidence indicates the cereal is behind the multistate salmonella Mbandaka outbreak. "No deaths have been reported", the agency reported on its website. The CDC now advises that anyone who has purchased the cereal return it for a refund or throw it out completely regardless of an expiration date.
The recall issued by Kellogg's remains unchanged, and affects both the large and small box sizes of Honey Smacks cereal with best-if-used-by dates between June 14th, 2018 and June 14th, 2019.
If you see Honey Smacks being sold at a store, you are asked to call the FDA consumer complaint coordinator in your area. Kellogg's recalled the cereal on June 14.
Health officials said people get sick from Salmonella 12 to 72 hours after ingesting the germ, and experience diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. Interviews with ill people allowed investigators to identify Honey Smacks as a possible source of the illnesses, triggering the recall. The outbreak began on June 8, prompting Caito Foods, LLC to recall precut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fruit medley products produced at the Caito Foods facility in Indianapolis. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.