A popular sugary cereal has caused hundreds of people to get sick, prompting the CDC to issue a warning to consumers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that Honey Smacks cereal has been linked to a salmonella outbreak. So far, 100 people in 33 states have been affected and there is now a voluntary recall of the cereal.
The CDC tweeted: “Do not eat this cereal” after finding salmonella in samples of Honey Smacks. The organization notes that it doesn’t matter if the expiration date is still good on the packaging, consumers should still toss the cereal or return it for a refund.
People usually experience fever, cramps, or diarrhea within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to Salmonella bacteria.
According to the CDC, at least 30 people have been hospitalized. On their website, the CDC notes:
- “Do not eat recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal in any size packaging.
- Check your home for the recalled cereal and throw it away, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.
- Even if some of the cereal was eaten and no one got sick, throw the rest of it away or return it for a refund.
- If you store cereal that looks like Kellogg’s Honey Smacks in another container without the packaging and don’t remember the brand or type, throw it away.
- Kellogg’s Honey Smacks is a sweetened puffed wheat cereal.
- Thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again, to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food.”
Further, the site gives the following specifics of their investigation findings: “Illnesses started on dates from March 3, 2018, to July 2, 2018. Ill people range in age from less than one year to 95, with a median age of 57. Of ill people, 68% are female. Out of 77 people with information available, 30 (39%) have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.”
Some Honey Smacks fans have been missing their favorite cereal, with one person writing on social media: “I was wondering why I couldn’t find it the other day.”
Another fan noted: “Am I the only one that wishes I had a bowl right now? Loved Sugar Smacks as a kid. Not sure why they changed the name. Honey better than sugar?”
Still another commenter shared a bit of nostalgia and curiosity over why this cereal still exists, writing: “They still make this cereal?? I remember eating this back in the 80’s, it always had a strange taste, like coffee and an ashtray mixed with honey.”
Others found the situation made a perfect joke, with one commenter noting: “Kellogg’s will take advantage of the situation and rename them ‘Salmonella Smacks.’ De-lish!”
Still other people commented about how bad the cereal is for you, with one person writing: “Salmonella is the least of the problems in that box!”
Many commenters pondered why there are so many food recalls recently, with one person sharing: “What the hell is going on with the food? It’s a weekly thing happening.”
There were also a handful of people who believe that a refund is the way to go, with one commenter remarking: “I’m thinking at $4 a box, people should return it for a refund!”