Honey Smacks recalled after 75 people report falling ill

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Kellogg’s has issued a recall of Honey Smacks cereal due to possible salmonella contamination, the Rhode Island Department of Health reported Thursday.

The recall involves 15.3-oz. and 23-oz. packages of the cereal, according to health officials. Kellogg’s says none of its other products are affected.

The recalled products have “Best if used by” date of June 14 through January 14, 2019. The 15.3-oz. packages have UPC code 3800039103 while the 23-oz. have UPC code 3800014810.

Health officials said there have been 75 reported cases of salmonella in 31 states, including two in Rhode Island associated with Honey Smacks cereal.

The health department is now testing the product locally and contacting licensed vendors about the recall.

Kellogg’s said it launched an investigation into the third-party manufacturer of Honey Smacks immediately after being contacted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the illnesses.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly, and those with a weakened immune system. Anyone who believes they have become ill with salmonella should contact their doctor.

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