The Food and Drug Administration says retails still can not legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following a recall.
That's the frank message the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had for lovers of the breakfast staple Honey Smacks on Thursday after 100 people were infected with salmonella and 30 of them hospitalized. Those symptoms can last between four and seven days, and such illnesses send about 23,000 people to the hospital every year, according to the CDC.
"The FDA has become aware that recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal are still being offered for sale", the agency said in a statement. "The FDA has learned that some retailers are still selling this product".
The FDA said on Thursday it would follow up with retailers to prevent the sale of the product. "All Honey Smacks cereal was recalled in June 2018".
The FDA is urging the public to report if the product is being offered for sale to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in their region.
This comes as the federal agency continues to investigate a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella. Within 12 to 72 hours after infection, fever, stomach aches, and diarrhea begin. While most recover within a week, some illnesses can last longer and be more severe. Pennsylvania (8), MA (7), and California (6) have the most cases, but illnesses are widespread and affecting all ages.
The cases have been reported in 33 states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Maryland and Virginia.