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FDA warns: Do not purchase Honey Smacks Cereal

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia as well as the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA & CS) are warning consumers not to purchase any packages of Kelloggs Honey Smacks Cereal. Retailers have been asked to stop selling the products after more than 30 people sickened by the product.

A recall was issued in June after the product was found to be contaminated with Salmonella but the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Inspectors found as recently as this week that retailers in North Carolina are continuing to sell Honey Smacks Cereal.

“We are concerned we continue to find this product offered for sale. The product was originally recalled by Kellogg’s in June,” said Joe Reardon, assistant commissioner of consumer protection. “This week our Rapid Response Team activated and inspectors have found the product at one out of every 10 grocery stores during routine recall-effectiveness checks. We are urging consumers to NOT purchase or consume this product. Inspectors have placed stop sales on products found in grocery stores. However there may be more out there and we are continuing to check.”

The FDA has issued a warning that retailers are not legally allowed to sell the cereal and the CDC recommends consumers do not buy or consume the cereal. It is recommended if you have any boxes of Honey Smacks Cereal in your pantry to throw them out.

Symptoms of Salmonella include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Salmonella can potentially be fatal to infants, the elderly and those with a weakened immune system according to the CDC.

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