UPDATE 1-Kellogg recalls Honey Smacks cereal due to possible Salmonella risk

(Reuters) – Kellogg Co said on Thursday it was voluntarily recalling packages of its Honey Smacks cereal due to the potential for contamination with Salmonella, in the latest case of U.S.
food products possibly tainted by the illness-causing bacteria. Kellogg said it launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer that produces the cereal immediately after being contacted by the U.
S. Food & Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding reports of illnesses.
Kellogg did not disclose how many packages were being recalled, but said the products had use by dates of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019. The recall involves its 15.
3 ounce and 23 oz. Honey Smacks packages.
No other Kellogg products are impacted by the recall, the company said. FDA said it is investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella with illnesses reported in five Midwestern states.
Earlier this month, the FDA warned residents of eight U.S.
states about recalled packages of pre-cut melon linked to a Salmonella outbreak. They had been distributed to stores operated by Costco Wholesale Corp, Kroger Co, Walmart Inc, and Amazon.
com Inc’s Whole Foods. The FDA and CDC are investigating here that outbreak, which has been linked to 60 illnesses and at least 31 hospitalizations in five states.
No deaths have been reported. Salmonella can cause diarrhea and severe abdominal cramps lasting up to three days and is particularly dangerous to young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.
It causes an estimated 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the United States each year, according to the CDC.
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