Kellogg Company (NYSE: K)announced that it will be voluntarily recalling 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce packages of cereal with “best if used by” dates ranging from June 14, 2018 to June 14, 2019. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the cereal affected is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. The company is asking all customers who purchased the potentially affected product to discard it and contact them for a full refund.
According to the FDA, the UPC code for the recalled 15.3-ounce packages is 38000 39103 and the recalled 23-ounce packages have a UPC code of 38000 14810.
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 (CDC) regarding reported illnesses.
The salmonella outbreak has affected 73 people in 31 states, with 24 of the victims requiring hospitalization, says the CDC. No deaths have been reported. The CDC reports that in an interview with 39 people about the foods they ate in the week before they became ill, 30 of them reported eating cold cereal and 14 of them specifically pointed to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.
The states that suffered the most outbreaks currently are California, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania.
According to the CDC, symptoms of Salmonella are fever, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. It can also produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most persons recover without treatment.