Kellogg Co. is voluntarily recallingabout 28 million boxes of Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops andHoney Smacks cereals because an unusual smell and flavor from thepackages' liners could make people ill, the company said Friday.
Kellogg said about 20 people complained about the cereals,including five who reported nausea and vomiting. The company saidthe potential for serious health problems is low.
Consumers reported the cereal smelled or tasted waxy or likemetal or soap. Company spokeswoman J. Adaire Putnam said somedescribed it as tasting stale.
Kellogg is trying to identify the substance on the liners that'scausing the problem and is offering consumers refunds in themeantime.
The products were distributed throughout the U.S. and beganarriving in stores in late March.
Only products with the letters "KN" following the use-by dateare included in the recall. Products in Canada are not affected.
Kellogg's shares were almost unchanged Friday afternoon, tradingat $52.69, 17 cents below Thursday's close.
For more information:
Consumers concerned about the recall - or seeking a refund - cancontact the Kellogg Consumer Response Center at 888-801-4163 from 8a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times