The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Kellogg Company today announced it is voluntarily recalling 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Kellogg's® Honey Smacks® cereal (with code dates listed below) because these products have the potential presence of Salmonella. No other Kellogg products are impacted by this recall.
Nationwide, there have been 75 cases of Salmonella in 31 states, including two cases in Rhode Island, associated with the investigation that led to this recall. RIDOH's State Health Laboratory has begun testing the product locally from shelves and RIDOH's Center for Food Protection will be communicating directly with licensed vendors about the recall.
Kellogg launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces Honey Smacks immediately after being contacted by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding reported illnesses.
Use or consumption of products contaminated with Salmonella may result in serious illness. It can also produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most persons recover without treatment. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses. Anyone experiencing symptoms of Salmonella should call his or her doctor.
HOW TO IDENTIFY THE RECALLED PRODUCT
The affected product includes the following varieties distributed across the United States as well as limited distribution in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan. The BEST if Used By Date can be found on the top of the cereal box, and the UPC code can be found on the bottom of the box.
Honey Smacks (with limited distribution outside the U.S.) UPC: 3800039103 Size: 15.3 oz Best if Used by Date: JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019
Honey Smacks UPC: 3800014810 Size:23 oz Best if Used by Date:JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019
Kellogg is asking that people who purchased potentially affected product discard it and contact the company for a full refund. Consumers seeking more information, including images of these products, can visit kelloggs.com/honeysmacksrecall or call 1-800-962-1413 from Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET.