USA – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has announced that the recalled Kellogg Co Honey Smacks cereal was still being sold at retail outlets and warned consumers not to purchase the product, according to Reuters.
Kellogg company had voluntarily recalled an estimated 1.3-million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal in the US over potential of having been contaminated with Salmonella.
The FDA said that it would follow up with retailers to prevent the sale of the product.
The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in June they were investigating the outbreak, which was also been linked to more than 60 illnesses and at least 31 hospitalizations in five states.
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.
FDA said it had asked Kellogg’s to put up signs saying Honey Smacks cereal had been recalled and to remove the potentially contaminated product from shelves and that it was inspecting the facility that manufactures Honey Smacks.
“The FDA is working with the company to quickly remove this cereal from the marketplace,” the agency said.
According to WKYT, two people in Kentucky have become ill with this strain of Salmonella.
People infected with Salmonella may have symptoms including diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.
Use or consumption of products contaminated with Salmonella may result in serious illness and can also produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.