Recalled: Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal Linked To Salmonella Mbandaka illnesses In Over 30 States- FDA

by Kim Boateng Last updated on July 13th, 2018,

Silver Spring, Maryland, USA: Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, said it worked with Kellogg’s to issue a recall and remove from the market Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal after preliminary evidence links the product to more than 60 illnesses from Salmonella Mbandaka spanning across more than 30 states.

The FDA is working with the company to quickly remove this cereal from the marketplace. The FDA has also asked Kellogg’s to request that all retailers of this product immediately put up signs that Honey Smacks cereal has been recalled and to remove the potentially contaminated product from shelves. The FDA is inspecting the facility that manufactures Kellogg’s Honey Smacks.

While investigations continue, consumers are advised to check their pantries and cabinets as this cereal has a shelf life of about a year when it is unopened. If you are experiencing symptoms of Salmonella, immediately seek the attention of a healthcare professional.

The FDA is working with CDC and state partners on this quickly developing investigation and will continue to provide ongoing updates as more information is learned.

“We’re committed to helping make sure Americans can have confidence that the food they buy is safe, and to alerting consumers quickly when we learn about risks and unsafe products. Today we’re issuing a warning to consumers that Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal may be contaminated with Salmonella. This is based on preliminary evidence linking it to an outbreak of illnesses across the country. The FDA has already initiated an inspection of the facility that we believe is linked to the Salmonella contamination. And we’ve worked with the company to immediately initiate a recall of this product. We’ll continue to work with Kellogg’s to identify not only the source of the contamination, but the actions needed to prevent this kind of outbreak from happening again,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.

“Earlier this year, I committed the FDA to improve on our recall processes because I believe that consumers should have actionable and timely information to protect themselves from recalled products. Recalls are a cornerstone of our consumer protection mission. Today’s action is part of the commitment we made earlier this year to act quickly in response to identified risks and to notify consumers early in the course of our investigations.” Scott Gottlieb,added.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

Kellogg Company today also announced it is voluntarily recalling 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks® cereal (with code dates listed below) because these products have the potential presence of Salmonella. No other Kellogg products are impacted by this recall, the company said.

Kellogg said it launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces Honey Smacks immediately after being contacted by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding reported illnesses.

According to the CDC, use or consumption of products contaminated with Salmonella may result in serious illness. It can also produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most persons recover without treatment. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses.

How to identify the recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal product

The affected product includes the following varieties distributed across the United States as well as limited distribution in Costa RicaGuatemalaMexico, the CaribbeanGuam, Tahiti and Saipan. The BEST if Used By Date can be found on the top of the cereal box, and the UPC code can be found on the bottom of the box.

Description (Retail)

UPC Code

Size

BEST if Used By Date

Honey Smacks (with limited distribution outside the U.S.)

3800039103

15.3 oz

JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019

Honey Smacks

3800014810

23 oz

JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019

Kellogg is asking that people who purchased potentially affected product discard it and contact the company for a full refund. Consumers seeking more information, including images of these products, can visit kelloggs.com/honeysmacksrecall or call 1-800-962-1413 from Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET.

CDC Advice to Consumers

  • Do not eat recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal in any size packaging.
  • Check your home for the recalled cereal and throw it away, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.
    • Even if some of the cereal was eaten and no one got sick, throw the rest of it away or return it for a refund.
  • If you store cereal that looks like Kellogg’s Honey Smacks in another container without the packaging and don’t remember the brand or type, throw it away.
    • Kellogg’s Honey Smacks is a sweetened puffed wheat cereal.
    • Thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again, to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food.

CDC Advice to Retailers

  • Retailers should not sell or serve recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.
    • Recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal has a “best if used by” date from June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019. The “best if used by” date is on the box top.
    • The recalled 15.3 oz. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal has a UPC code of 38000 39103. The recalled 23.0 oz. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal has a UPC code of 38000 14810. The UPC code is on the bottom of the box.

Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from consuming recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.

  • Most people infected with Salmonella develop the following signs and symptoms 12-72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria:
    • Diarrhea
    • Fever
    • Abdominal cramps

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal Salmonella Outbreak Update

“100 Salmonella infections in 33 states linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. Do not eat this cereal.” CDC says in a July 12th update.

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