After a salmonella outbreak, Kellogg's voluntarily recalled their Honey Smack's cereal. But the FDA says it's still on shelves.

By Macaela Mackenzie
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Bad news for your breakfast: Kellogg's cereal contaminated with salmonella is still being sold in some stores despite being recalled a month ago, according to a new report from the FDA.

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report warning consumers that Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal had been linked to a salmonella outbreak across the U.S. According to their investigation, the contaminated cereal has resulted in 100 cases of salmonella infections (30 of which have resulted in hospitalizations) in 33 states so far.

Based on the CDC's findings, Kellogg's voluntarily recalled Honey Smacks on June 14 and shut down the facility responsible. But according to a new report from the Food and Drug Administration, the contaminated cereal is still on shelves a month later. This is totally illegal, as the FDA points out in their warning.

Salmonella causes diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, according to the CDC. While most cases go away on their own (there are over a 1.2 million reported cases in the U.S. every year, the CDC says), it can be deadly. The CDC estimates 450 people die from salmonella infections every year.

So what does this all mean for your grocery list? The FDA is doing their part to go after retailers who are still selling Honey Smacks. If you see the cereal on shelves, that doesn't mean it's safe or a new, non-contaminated batch. You can report the cereal to your local FDA consumer complaint coordinator. And if you have any boxes of Honey Smacks at home, trash them ASAP. Regardless of when or where you bought your box, the CDC advises throwing it out or taking it back to your grocery store for a refund. (Already had Honey Smacks for breakfast? Read what to do when you've eaten something from a food recall.)


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