On June 14, the CDC announced an investigation into a nationwide Salmonella Mbandaka outbreak linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks Cereal. To date, there are 135 cases across 36 states, 34 people have been hospitalized. The states affected are Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
The CDC is advising consumers to throw away or return any product purchased. Kellogg has recalled all 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Honey Smacks Cereal.
Symptoms of Salmonella include:
- Abdominal cramps
- Fever of 100-102 F
- Bloody diarrhea
- Body aches
Symptoms typically appear 6-72 hours after eating contaminated food and last for 3-7 days without treatment. If you or a family member experienced symptoms, contact your local health department.