The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that 27 more people have gotten sick in a multistate outbreak of salmonella illness linked to recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal.
The CDC has urged consumers not to eat Honey Smacks "in any size packaging" and to throw opened or unopened boxes in the trash even if some of the cereal had been eaten without people falling ill.
The CDC now advises that anyone who has purchased the cereal return it for a refund or throw it out completely regardless of an expiration date.
A total of 100 people have been sickened as a result; 30 people have been hospitalized.
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Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps and typically present 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria. No deaths have been reported. Healthy individuals typically recover in four to seven days with treatment.
So far people from 33 states have been affected. The recall was issued June 14.
"The FDA has become aware that recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal are still being offered for sale", the agency said in a statement. But the cereal is still being sold in some stores. The company has recalled the cereal, and consumers and retailers are being advised to get rid of it. Thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again, to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food.