CDC Says 100 People Sick With Salmonella After Honey Smacks Outbreak

Jul 13, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 100 people in 33 states, including Georgia have been infected with salmonella after eating Kellogg’s Honey Smacks.

Kellogg’s launched an investigation in June after learning Honey Smacks customers got sick, the company told GPB News. A company official said they are working to find out the cause and "ensure it never happens again."

The voluntary recall went into effect June 14, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Salmonella symptoms start 12 to 72 hours after eating a tainted product, CDC's Foodborne Outbreak Response Team Leader, Dr. Laura Gieraltowski, said.

Diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps are common, and illness can last four days to a week.

"Younger children, less than 5, adults older than 65 and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness," she said.

Initially, the salmonella outbreak was a tough case to crack for the CDC, Gieraltowski said.

"Patients had mentioned that they ate the Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal and then we kind of thought that was an unusual exposure," Gieraltowski said. "We went back and state and local health departments reinterviewed their cases and we found that now about 43 of them or so are now reporting that this type of cereal (was involved). So that's that's pretty much how we figured it out."

She says anyone who purchased Honey Smacks should return the cereal for a refund regardless of the date on the box. Consumers can report food complaints to FDA’s consumer line at 1-888-SAFEFOOD.

Kellogg says people who purchased potentially affected product should discard it and contact the company for a full refund.

Consumers seeking more information, including images of these products, can visit or call 1-800-962-1413 from Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.