If you plan to live a long and healthy life, well past the age of 100, it’s important to keep up on the latest health and diet news—particularly when the news is coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta Georgia.

One of the latest such warnings from the CDC involves a common breakfast cereal, Honey Smacks. Health officials from the CDC are investigating, what the government organization says is likely a case of salmonella being spread by contaminated Honey Smacks Cereal.

The latest statistics indicate that as many as 73 people in 31 different states have become ill from eating tainted Honey Smacks cereal, and 24 of those individuals have required hospitalization to treat their food borne illness.

At this time, there have not been any death related incidents linked to the Salmonella outbreak.

What is Salmonella?

Salmonella, also called Salmonellosis, is a bacterium, found in the intestines of animals and humans. Food poisoning from Salmonella results in an illness that can occur when a person is exposed to live Salmonella bacteria. The bacteria produce toxins, which attack a person’s intestinal/digestive system.

The primary cause of salmonella is eating contaminated, undercooked meat (usually chicken) or eating raw or undercooked eggs. Eating foods contaminated with feces is the most common mode of transmission (how the bacteria enter the body).

Salmonella will begin to cause symptoms between 12 to 73 hours after exposure—and usually runs its course from 4 to 7 days.

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The Recall

The manufacturing company, Kellogg, recently announced a voluntary recall, asking that every 15.3 ounce and 23-ounce box of Honey Smacks cereal, with the UPC codes 3800039103 and 3800014810, and a “best if used by” date of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019 be thrown away.

Kellogg reported that the contaminated cereal was distributed in several countries, including:

  • The United States
  • Costa Rica
  • Guatemala
  • Mexico
  • The Caribbean
  • Guam
  • Tahiti
  • Spain

Symptoms of Salmonella Poisoning

Symptoms of contamination from Salmonella may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Dehydration from diarrhea (in severe cases)

Advice from the CDC

The CDC recommends that the public should avoid eating any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, furthermore, the specific CDC recommendation on the government website reports:

  • Do not eat any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of the size of the package, or best-by date.
  • Check your home, if you have Honey Smacks cereal, throw it out, or return it to the retail store for a refund.
  • Retailers should not sell or serve Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.
  • Even if some of the cereal has been 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 a container without the packaging and don’t remember the brand it is, throw it away.
  • Thoroughly wash any container that Honey Smacks has been stored in, with warm, soapy water before using it again, to remove harmful bacteria— because it could contaminate other food.

Be sure to check back frequently to the live past 100 well website, in the “Diet” section for future warnings on contaminated food. To learn more about other recent Salmonella outbreaks, you can visit the CDC’s website.


CDC Story Source

CDC’s website on recent Salmonella outbreaks