An outbreak of Salmonella linked to a popular Kellogg cereal has infected 100 people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.
The agency urges consumers to avoid Honey Smacks, a sweet inflated wheat cereal that has been the subject of a recall by the company since mid-June. At least 30 of the 100 have been hospitalized, while no deaths have been reported, the CDC said.
"Do not eat Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal of any size or with the best if used before the date," he wrote.
"Do not eat this cereal," the CDC said bluntly in a tweet.
The agency has said it has found strains of salmonella in unopened samples and leftovers from Honey Smacks. Although the recall covers the cereal with an expiration date of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019, the agency recommends that people avoid the cereal altogether.
According to Reuters, the company withdrew an estimated 1.3 million boxes of cereal, But the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it believes the cereal is still being sold in some stores.
"Retailers can not legally offer the cereal for sale and consumers should not buy Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal.
Cases have been reported in 33 states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Maryland and Virginia.  According to the CDC, salmonella is responsible for approximately 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths per year, most of which come from food. for salmonella, which lasts four to seven days, include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.
Kellogg Company, which did not respond to an immediate request for comment, launched an investigation into a third manufacturer that produces the cereal in mid-June. After the infections were reported, according to the FDA, the FDA inspected the site and said the samples taken at the site matched the outbreak strain.
The recovery effort follows other prominent Salmonella outbreaks, including one related to pre-cut melon from an Indianapolis facility that sickened 70 people and another connected to eggs from a single North Carolina grower where 45 people became ill. Earlier this year, 210 people were infected by an outbreak of E. coli that killed five people linked to Romaine lettuce that had been grown in Arizona.
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