Recall Update: Favorite Breakfast Food Item Contaminated With Salmonella; Recall Ends, Warning Continues

September 28, 2018

A famous breakfast food item recall has finally ended which was confirmed by the health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Even though the CDC has declared this recall has ended, they are still worried about the item still being in consumers' homes as it has a longer shelf life than most other products dealing with recalls, according to Food Safety News.

"Consumers unaware of the recall could continue to eat these products and potentially get sick,” according to the final outbreak statement posted on September 26 by the CDC.

According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, other state agencies, and the CDC, an investigation revealed that the Salmonella strain was found in samples of unopened packages in patients' homes.

According to the CDC, 135 people have been sent to the hospital after becoming infected with Salmonella. According to laboratory results, these 135 people were confirmed to have lived in 36 states. The patients' illness onset began on March 3 and was last seen on August 29, according to public health officials.

Consumers who have eaten this product may experience symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, vomiting, chills, abdominal cramping, and more, according to the Mayo Clinic. Salmonella infections may last between two and seven days, while diarrhea may last up to 10 days.

Health officials with the CDC have declared that the Salmonella outbreak linked to Kellogg's Honey Smack is finally over.

“This outbreak investigation is over. However, recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal has a long shelf life and might still be in people’s homes," the statement read.

The recalled product was Kellog's Honey Smacks cereal that had the "best if used by" dates of June 14, 2019, or earlier.

At this time, government officials nor Kellogg have released the names of the contractor that produced the recalled cereal.