The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that 27 more people have gotten sick in a multistate outbreak of salmonella illness linked to recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal. Samples of the facility's environment and the product collected during the FDA's inspection match the outbreak strain of salmonella mbandaka, the agency said. It's still not clear how the contamination might have occurred.
According to the FDA, retailers can't legally offer the cereal for sale. A case count map breaks down the location and prevalence of cases, the first of which was reported in early March.
The CDC says that regardless of expiration date, the cereal should be thrown away or returned to a retailer for a refund. No deaths have been reported, the CDC said. About 450 people die in the United States each year from salmonella.
But efforts to recall the product were not successful.
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Symptoms last about four to seven days, and although most people improve without treatment, some may require hospitalization because of severe diarrhea.
The CDC says at least 30 of the people infected in the outbreak have been hospitalized.
The agency is urging consumers to avoid Honey Smacks, a sugary puffed wheat cereal which has been the subject of a recall by the company since mid-June.
If you store cereal that looks like Kellogg's Honey Smacks in a container without the packaging and don't remember the brand or type, throw it away.