1 Case Of Salmonella Reported In Illinois Believed To Be Linked To Outbreak, Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Recall

Geoff Dankert
June 15, 2018 - 1:31 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- State health administrators say a salmonella strain linked to breakfast cereal has been linked to at least one illness in Illinois. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health said the case of "Salmonella mbandaka" in Illinois is one of at least 73 in 31 states across the country linked to specific batches of Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal. 

Executives at the Battle Creek, Michigan-based company have voluntarily recalled all 15.3- and 23-ounce boxes of Honey Smacks, with "best if used by" dates between June 14, 2018 and June 14, 2019. 

The affected 15.3-ounce packages have a UPC code of "38000 39103."

The affected 23-ounce packages have a UPC code of "38000 14810." 

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IDPH said any affected batches should be thrown out, even if people have eaten the cereal and not gotten sick. 

“If you have recently eaten the cereal and experience diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider," said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating the cause of the outbreak. 

Most people affected by Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after eating food contaminated by the bacteria.  The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.  However, diarrhea for some people may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized.  The elderly, infants, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.