Retailers are continuing to sell Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, despite the fact that it was recalled in June after being linked to a multi-state Salmonella outbreak. “What’s going on here? Why are retailers still selling this cereal?” asked Salmonella lawyer Fred Pritzker of the national food safety law firm Pritzker Hageman.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has learned that the cereal is still being sold, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated in its latest update on the outbreak. The CDC’s September 4 update reveals that 130 illnesses in 36 states have been reported in the outbreak, an increase of 30 cases since the last update on July 12, 2018 despite the fact that a recall for all of the cereal was issued in June.
And the newly reported illnesses are illnesses that took place before the recall. CDC data shows that onset-of-illness dates have been reported from between March 3, 2018 to August 7, 2018.
Retailers should not be selling this cereal and consumers should not being eating it, the CDC advises.
Since the CDC’s last update in July, the outbreak has grown to include three new states: Delaware, Minnesota and Maine. The 34 states now reporting cases are: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV.
The people sickened in this outbreak range in age from less than one year to 95 years old, with a median age of 57. Sixty nine percent of the case-patients are female. About 35 percent of of all people sickened in this outbreak required hospitalization.
Pritzker Hageman law firm is investigating illnesses associated with the Kellogg’s Honey Smack cereal recall. Contact them for a free consultation if you have been sickened.