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'Do not eat this cereal': CDC links Honey Smacks, salmonella

'Do not eat this cereal': CDC links Honey Smacks, salmonella

One hundred people in 33 states have been sickened by a salmonella outbreak linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, the CDC reported Thursday.

A sign hangs outside the Kellogg's factory near Manchester, Britain March 7, 2016.

The CDC says regardless of the expiration date the cereal should be thrown away immediately or returned for a refund.

The FDA is sending out this reminder because it has learned some retailers are still selling the cereal.

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The recalled products had use by dates of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019 and involved the cereals' 15.3 ounce and 23 oz. packages.

According to Reuters, the company recalled an estimated 1.3 million cases of the cereal but the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Thursday that it believes the cereal is still being sold by some stores.

Public health officials have renewed their advice to consumers who have eaten of handled the recalled Honey Smacks to seek medical attention if they develop symptoms of Salmonella infection immediately.

"Retailers can not legally offer the cereal for sale and consumers should not purchase Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal", it wrote.

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"Do not eat this cereal".

"The FDA has become aware that recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal are still being offered for sale", the agency said in a statement. At that time, 73 people in 31 states had confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning. Florida has two people sick. No deaths have been reported.

Symptoms for salmonella infection, which lasts about four to seven days, include diarrhoea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most healthy individuals recover without the need for treatment, although Infants, older adults, and people with a weakened immune system are at an increased risk of serious complications.

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