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Kellogg's recalls Honey Smacks cereal after salmonella outbreak

Kellogg's recalls Honey Smacks cereal after salmonella outbreak
Honey Smacks is the only product Kellogg's is recalling in connection with the salmonella outbreak. (Gene J. Puskar / AP)

Kellogg Co. is recalling boxes of Honey Smacks, a cereal that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked to a multi-state outbreak of salmonella.

The outbreak has infected 73 people across the United States, including five in California, the CDC said. Twenty-four people have been hospitalized.

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The Kellogg Co.y said Thursday that it would voluntarily recall 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce boxes of Honey Smacks cereal with “best if used by” dates of June 14, 2018, to June 14, 2019. People should throw away the recalled cereal and contact Kellogg’s to get a full refund, the company said.

Honey Smacks is the only product Kellogg’s is recalling in connection with the outbreak. Kellogg’s said it is investigating the third-party manufacturer that makes the cereal.

Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration has expanded an investigation on pre-cut melons to 10 more states, including California. Pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fruit salad are linked to a separate outbreak of salmonella that has infected 60 people. The FDA and CDC cited melon from Caito Foods, an Indiana company, as a likely source of that outbreak.

About 1.2 million people in the United States contract salmonella each year, according to the CDC. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and chills.

The CDC recommends throwing away all recalled Honey Smacks cereal, even if some of the cereal has been eaten and no one has gotten sick.

10:40 a.m.: This article was updated throughout with Times staff reporting.

This article was originally published at 6:55 a.m.

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