CDC warning after the outbreak of Honey Smacks Salmonella infects 30 more

Salmonella bacteria can survive for a long time in dry heat, as in roasted cereals

Thirty more people have contracted Salmonella for eating Honey Smacks cereals from Kellogg Co, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed.

That brings the total number to 130 cases in 36 states, 34 of which have been hospitalized.

Health officials thought the outbreak, which began in March, was checked in June when they removed 1.3 million boxes of grain in the affected states.

But now they are warning Americans, again, to avoid the product across the country.

Salmonella bacteria can survive for a long time in dry heat, as in roasted cereals

Salmonella bacteria can survive for a long time in dry heat, as in roasted cereals

& # 39; Do not eat Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of package size or expiration date. Check your house and throw it away or return it to the place of purchase for a refund, "the CDC said Tuesday.

After the last reports, three other states, Delaware, Maine and Minnesota, were added to the list of places that will issue retreats.

However, an FDA investigation found that the contaminated cereal is still being sold in some places that had to be removed.

Diseases in this outbreak began on March 3 through August 7, the CDC said, adding that the investigation is still ongoing.

Kellogg had not yet sent any new cereal to retailers and people who bought the potentially affected product can contact him for a full refund, the company said in a statement.

The FDA did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

It's not clear how those huge amounts of Honey Smacks got infected, but it's not surprising to food safety specialists.

While Salmonella is typically associated with undercooked chicken and eggs, it is known to grow and survive in dry heat.

Therefore, roasted cereals are a welcome home for bacteria.

The ingredients of Honey Smacks are listed as: sugar, wheat, dextrose, honey, contains 2% or less of vegetables, salt, caramel color, soy lecithin, BHT for freshness. Vitamins and minerals: vitamin C (sodium ascorbate), niacinamide, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), vitamin A palmitate, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B1 (thiamine hydrochloride), folic acid, vitamin D, vitamin B12.

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