PROVIDENCE — Kellogg Company is voluntarily recalling 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks® cereal out of concern they could contain Salmonella after people in 31 states fell ill with the disease.
Kellogs urged people who have purchased the cereal to throw it out and seek a refund for the purchase. The RI Department of Health advises throwing the product away even if you have already consumed some without ill effects. The company advised customers they should make contact for a full refund.
Nationwide, there have been 75 cases of Salmonella in 31 states, including two cases in Rhode Island, associated with the investigation that led to this recall. RIDOH’s State Health Laboratory has begun testing the product locally from shelves and RIDOH’s Center for Food Protection will be communicating directly with licensed vendors about the recall.
Kellogg 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 and Prevention (CDC) regarding reported illnesses.
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. Anyone experiencing symptoms of Salmonella should call his or her doctor.
HOW TO IDENTIFY THE RECALLED PRODUCT
The affected product includes the following varieties distributed across the United States as well as limited distribution in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, 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.
Honey Smacks (with limited distribution outside the U.S.) UPC: 3800039103 Size: 15.3 oz Best if Used by Date: JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019
Honey Smacks UPC: 3800014810 Size:23 oz Best if Used by Date:JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019
This is a test