June 18, 2018
Jennifer Miller, 608-266-1683
Elizabeth Goodsitt, 608-266-1683
Grace Colás, DATCP, 608-224-5020
Leeann Duwe, DATCP, 608-224-5005

Foodborne Illness Advisory: Honey Smacks Cereal Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), and local health departments are working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka infections linked to the consumption of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.

To date, there has been one confirmed case of Salmonella Mbandaka infection in Wisconsin linked to this outbreak and a total of 73 confirmed cases nationwide in 31 states. You should not eat any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal in any size package. If you have this product in your home you should throw it away or return it to the place you purchased for a refund. If you store cereal in a container without the packaging and do not remember the brand or type, throw it away. You should thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again.

Kellogg’s voluntarily recalled the Honey Smacks cereal on June 14. Retailers should not sell or serve recalled cereal.

Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. The elderly, infants, and those with weak immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. Individuals who believe they may have become ill with Salmonella should contact their health care provider. For more information about this outbreak and steps to reduce the risk of infection visit the CDC’s website.