The Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak has ended after sickening 135 people in 36 states, but Salmonella lawyer Ryan Osterholm is still fielding questions from consumers.
“When someone suffers a serious foodborne illness, it is often devastating for them and for their families. Lengthy hospital stays, ever-mounting medical bills and lost wages are just the beginning. Entire lives are put on hold,” said Osterholm.
The Honey Smacks Salmonella outbreak was announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on June 14, 2018. On September 26, 2018, after 135 people in 36 states had been sickened and 34 of them had been hospitalized, the agency declared an end to the outbreak.
On June 14, the same day the outbreak was announced, Kellogg’s issued a recall for all Honey Smacks cereal that was on the market.
Case-patients, who range in age from less than one year to 95, reported onset-of-illness dates ranging from March 3, 2018, to August 29, 2018. Most of them, 69 percent, were female.
During interviews with public health officials, 75 percent of case-patients reported eating Honey Smacks cereal before becoming ill.
Genetic testing on stool samples collected from some case-patients showed they were sickened by the same strain of Salmonella isolate Mbandaka.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an inspection of the manufacturing facility where Honey Smacks are produced. The agency issued a warning letter to Kerry, Inc. identifying specific problems including the discovery of Salmonella in the facility and lack of measures to control or prevent it.
The FDA continues to warn consumers that they should not eat any Honey Smacks marked “best if used by” date before June 14, 2019.
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