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Kellogg's Honey Smacks still being sold despite Salmonella risks; outbreak reported

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned stores and customers not to sell or buy Kellogg's Honey Smacks. (Source: AP Images) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned stores and customers not to sell or buy Kellogg's Honey Smacks. (Source: AP Images)
NORTHEAST OHIO (WOIO) -

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a stern warning Thursday that instructed stores and customers to immediately discard Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal because of salmonella risks.

As it stands, more than 100 Salmonella cases have been reported in 33 states, including Ohio.

The Michigan-based cereal producer announced last month that it was voluntarily recalling Honey Smacks cereal due to a Salmonella risk, but several stores and customers have continued to sell and buy the cereal anyway, leading to the outbreak.

Kellogg's has 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.

The recall pertains to 15.3- and 23-ounce packages of Honey Smacks.

Anyone who purchased the cereal should throw it away and contact Kellogg's for a full refund. The recall telephone number is 800-962-1413.

According to the CDC, use or consumption of products contaminated with Salmonella may result in serious illness. It can also produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most persons recover without treatment.

In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses.

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