Salmonella outbreak linked to popular grain spreads in 33 US states - Xinhua

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19 / PRNewswire / – A salmonella outbreak linked to Kellogg's popular Honey Smacks cereal has infected 100 people in 33 states, US officials said this week, calling on consumers to avoid sweetened puffed rice grain.

"Do not eat this crop," tweeted the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Friday.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday that at least 30 out of every 100 inpatients had been hospitalized while no deaths were reported.

"Do not eat Kellogg remember honey smacks cereal in any size packaging," the agency wrote.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been calling for consumers not to eat, and retailers should not sell Kellogg cereals because of the potential for salmonella contamination.

The FDA said that it has learned that some retailers are still selling this product, even though Kellogg has made a voluntary recall since mid-June.

According to the CDC, the consumption of Salmonella-contaminated products can lead to serious illnesses.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramping, and typically occurs 12 to 72 hours after contact with the bacteria.

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