Kellogg said it began an investigation with a third party that produces Honey Smacks after it was contacted by FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding reported illnesses. According to FDA, a preliminary investigation linked the cereal to more than 60 illnesses from salmonella in more than 30 states. FDA said it’s inspecting the facility that makes Kellogg Honey Smacks.
“We’ll continue to work with Kellogg’s to identify not only the source of the contamination, but the actions needed to prevent this kind of outbreak from happening again,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said in a statement., warning consumers of the risk of salmonella.
FDA’s warning to consumers, he added, “is part of the commitment we made earlier this year to act quickly in response to identified risks and to notify consumers early in the course of our investigations.”
CDC estimates salmonella is responsible annually for roughly 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the United States. Most people infected with salmonella develop abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever 12 to 72 hours after infection.
According to CDC, most individuals recover without treatment following an illness typically lasting four to seven days.