Boxes of Kellogg's Froot Loops, Corn Pops, Apple Jacks, and Honey Smacks sit on the shelf of a Mt. Lebanon, Pa., grocery store Friday, June 25, 2010. Check your home for it and throw it away, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Additionally, be sure to thoroughly wash the cereal container with warm, soapy water before using it again to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food.
Kellogg earlier on Thursday said it launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer that produces the cereal immediately after being contacted regarding reports of illnesses.
It's been linked to a salmonella outbreak in 31 states, including MA. More information is listed on the company website. Kellogg's says none of its other products are affected. The 15.3-oz. packages have UPC code 3800039103 while the 23-oz. have UPC code 3800014810.
The CDC said from March 3 to May 28 the outbreak sent 24 people to the hospital, most in California, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania.
The age of those who got sick ranges from 1 to 87 with a median age of 58, the CDC said. A 44 percent hospitalization rate is unusually high for Salmonella infection cases.
There have been no deaths reported so far. Seven illnesses have been reported in NY - the most of any state - with another five in Pennsylvania.
Anyone who has recently eaten Honey Smacks cereal and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should see a health care provider and tell them about the possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria. "However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized". Most people recover in four to seven days.