USA salmonella outbreak: 'Do not eat Honey Smacks,' shoppers told

FDA: Retailers cannot legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following recall

FDA: Retailers cannot legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following recall

The US Food and Drug Administration urged consumers on Thursday to avoid eating and retailers to not sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal because of the chance of salmonella contamination.

A sign hangs outside the Kellogg's factory near Manchester, Britain March 7, 2016. The company voluntarily recalled the cereal last month, but the FDA says it's apparently still on grocery shelves and in kitchen cupboards, reports CNN.

That's the frank message the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had for lovers of the breakfast staple Honey Smacks on Thursday after 100 people were infected with salmonella and 30 of them hospitalized.

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.

The CDC now advises that anyone who has purchased the cereal return it for a refund or throw it out completely regardless of an expiration date. No deaths have been reported.

The statement said salmonella strains had been found in both unopened and leftover samples of Honey Smacks at several locations.

The cases have been reported in 33 states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Maryland and Virginia.

If you store cereal that looks like Kellogg's Honey Smacks in a container without the packaging and don't remember the brand or type, throw it away.

People infected with salmonella bacteria can show symptoms after just 12 hours, including diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

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