Salmonella Honey Smacks Cereal Sickens 130

There are now 130 people across 36 states ill with salmonella after eating Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. The CDC warns that no one should eat or serve the cereal. The organization warns that the risk of getting sick from it is high.

About Salmonella

Salmonella infection (salmonellosis) is a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract. The bacteria usually live in animal and human intestines and shed through feces. Consuming contaminated water or food spreads the infection to humans. Symptoms last two to seven days. Diarrhea may last up to 10 days, however, it may take several months before bowels return to normal. However, salmonella can develop into typhoid fever. This is a deadly disease. About 300 people get typhoid fever in the United States each year. About 22 million cases of typhoid fever and 200,000 related deaths occur worldwide each year.

Salmonella Honey Smacks

The CDC tested unopened and opened boxes of Honey Smacks cereal the agency collected from various retail locations. Testing revealed a strain of salmonella. Illnesses appeared in early March and have continued. On August 7th, the CDC still was receiving reports of illnesses. Some stores are still selling salmonella Honey Smacks. Currently, 130 people became sick and 34 needed hospitalization.

The cereal under recall includes Honey Smacks 15.3 oz. size with the UPC code of 3800039103 (on the bottom of the package) and a “Best If Used Before” date of Jun 14, 2018, through Jun 14, 2019 (at the top of the package). Also included are Honey Smacks in the 23 oz. size with the same “Best Before” date and the UPC code of 3800014810.

If Injured by the Outbreak

Food poisoning lawsuits play an important role in keeping food systems safe. These lawsuits hold negligent corporations accountable. Plus, it shows lawmakers that food safety is imperative.  When outbreaks caused by bacteria or viruses injure people, most of the time it is from a manufacturer being negligent. The company is fully aware of their potentially dangerous practices and do not correct it. Thus, customers’ lives are endangered.

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