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Everything You Need to Know About the Honey Smacks Salmonella Outbreak

Some boxes were thought to be safe, but now the CDC is urging people to avoid the cereal entirely.

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The Centers For Disease Control is urging consumers to avoid the popular Kellogg’s cereal Honey Smacks after a salmonella outbreak has infected over 100 people. As of now, cases have been reported in 33 states including New York, California, Pennsylvania, and Texas. In addition to “get all the Honey Smacks out of your pantry,” here’s everything you need to know about the situation.

What Happened?

After the initial outbreak, the CDC tested samples of opened and unopened Honey Smacks and, according to Reuters, found strains of salmonella in both. As a result, Kellogs has recalled over one million cases of the cereal.

Has Anyone Died?

No one has died from the Honey Smacks outbreak, but 30 of the 100 who have contracted salmonella have been hospitalized. In general, salmonella infects over one million people every year, resulting in an average of 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths. 

Is Other Kellogg’s Cereal Safe? 

Yes. Honey Smacks is the only brand that appears to be tainted, and neither Kellogg’s nor the CDC have made any announcements about cereals. In fact, the FDA has traced the Honey Smacks salmonella contamination to a specific third party manufacturer whose facility tested positive for the same strain of salmonella. 

When Can My Kids Eat Honey Smack Again?

Not for a while. It’s unclear when exactly it will be safe to eat Honey Smacks again. Initially, it was thought that boxes with a best-by-date after June 14th, 2019 were okay, but the CDC is now suggesting that people avoid the cereal all together and posted a tweet that read: “Do not eat this cereal.”