CDC expands Honey Smacks cereal recall; 100 sick in 33 states

CDC expands Honey Smacks cereal recall; 100 sick in 33 states

However, the FDA is asking that consumers avoid purchasing or consuming any Honey Smacks cereal for the time being - regardless of the dates on the box - out of an abundance of caution.

That's the frank message the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had for lovers of the breakfast staple Honey Smacks on Thursday after 100 people were infected with salmonella and 30 of them hospitalized.

"Do not eat this cereal", the agency declared on Twitter. It's still not clear how the contamination might have occurred.

The number of cases in Louisiana remains the same as it was in June: Two people have gotten sick. "No deaths have been reported", the agency reported on its website.

The cereal is the likely source of the salmonella outbreak, the CDC said.

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"There have been 73 ill people reported from 31 states, including 24 people who have been hospitalized".

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it first learned of a cluster Salmonella mbandaka illnesses in multiple states on 17 May.

The CDC says 100 salmonella infections in 33 states have now been linked to Honey Smacks.

Earlier this year, 210 people were infected by an E. coli outbreak that killed five people linked to romaine lettuce that had been grown in Arizona. But the cereal is still being sold in some stores. In otherwise healthy adults, Salmonella infections usually last four to seven days.

Additionally, if you stored the tainted cereal in any kind of a reusable container you'll need to wash and sanitize that container before you use it again.

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