Kellogg issues massive Honey Smacks recall over Salmonella risk

Kellogg issues massive Honey Smacks recall over Salmonella risk

Honey Smacks cereal is being recalled because of the potential presence of Salmonella.

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.

No deaths have been reported in connection with Honey Smacks, but the FDA says it's "working with the company to quickly remove this cereal from the marketplace".

Kellogg's announced the recall of the 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages on Thursday.

Based on epidemiological evidence, Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal is likely the source of the outbreak, the CDC said.

No other Kellogg products are affected by the recall. The 23.0 ounce box has a UPC code of 38000 14810.

The cereal company says the affected products were distributed across the well as limited distribution in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan.

Symptoms of salmonella include fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain that begins 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria.

If you have partially eaten the cereal and did not get sick, still throw it away or return it for a refund.

Salmonella can cause serious illness or even death in rare cases.

The CDC said from March 3 to May 28 the outbreak sent 24 people to the hospital, most in California, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania.

The illness usually lasts about a week or less in healthy adults, but other groups are at a higher risk of developing serious infections and complications.