One hundred people in 33 states have been sickened by a salmonella outbreak linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, the CDC reported Thursday. The company has recalled the cereal, and consumers and retailers are being advised to get rid of it.
Illnesses were first reported on March 3, and the most recent case was found on July 2. The CDC said illnesses after June 19 may not have been reported yet because it takes an average of two to four weeks between the time a person becomes ill and when their illness is reported.
The CDC first announced the outbreak on June 14. At that time, 73 people in 31 states had confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning. The two states added to the outbreak are Florida and Colorado.
Of those victims who were interviewed about what they ate, the most cited cereal was Honey Smacks.
The CDC said lab tests identified Salmonella Mbandaka in a sample of unopened Honey Smacks cereal from a store in California. Tests also confirmed the strain in samples of leftover Honey Smacks cereal from the homes of sickened people in Montana, New York, and Utah.
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