The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initially announced the multi-state outbreak of Salmonella on June 14. Kellogg’s has been actively investigating the third-party manufacturer the company uses to produce the cereal to narrow down the source of contamination.
Salmonella is a bacteria that causes salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. The symptoms of salmonellosis include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, fever, and headache. Young children, elderly folks and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to experience a severity in side effects. The FDA reports that roughly 400 people in the United States die each year with acute salmonellosis.
Salmonellosis lasts between four to seven days but can cause hospitalization due to dehydration.
The illnesses started on dates ranging from March 3 to July 2. Of the cases reported, 68% are female with an average age of 57 years old. For more information, visit the CDC website here.
Honey Smacks cereal was not only distributed across the nation, but also in Costa Rica, the Caribbean, Guam, Guatemala, Mexico, Saipan, and Tahiti as well. The recalled packages came in 15.3 oz and 23 oz boxes with Best By dates of JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019.
The FDA has learned that some retailer locations are still selling the cereal. Retailers cannot legally offer the cereal for sale at this time. You are encouraged to contact the Consumer Complaint Coordinator if a place of business still has Honey Smacks on its shelves.
If you suspect you have a box of Honey Smacks laying around in your home or at work, the FDA advises to throw it away immediately.
Filing a Honey Smacks Recall Food Poisoning Lawsuit
The lawyers at Johnson // Becker are currently pursuing Honey Smacks food poisoning cases. If you or a loved one were sickened after eating the recalled cereal, compensation for your injuries could be available. Contact us today for a free case review. We would be honored to speak with you and will respond promptly to every inquiry we receive.