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More salmonella cases linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal


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More salmonella cases linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal

More cases have been added to a multistate outbreak of salmonella infections linked to Kellogg Co.'s Honey Smacks cereal, which the food company recalled in June.

In a Sept. 4 announcement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, said that 30 more ill people from 19 states have been reported amid an ongoing investigation into the health issue. This brings the total case count to 130, spread across 36 states, as of Aug. 30.

About 34 people have been hospitalized, the CDC said, but no deaths have been reported.

The public health institute said Delaware, Minnesota and Maine were the latest states to report cases of illnesses linked to the cereal. The earliest case was reported March 3.

Kellogg's pulled its Honey Smacks cereal from shelves June 14 over the possible presence of salmonella, but the U.S. Food and Drug Safety Administration learned in July that some retailers were still selling the recalled product.

In the latest announcement, the CDC again urged retailers not to sell the cereal and told consumers to dispose of the product or throw the rest of it away in case some of it has already been consumed.

Other food producers also recalled items in July due to potential salmonella contamination. Campbell Soup Co.-owned Pepperidge Farm Inc. has recalled four varieties of its Goldfish brand crackers, while Mondelez International Inc. has pulled certain of its Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products in the U.S., including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Similarly, Loblaw Cos. Ltd. has recalled select packages of its 907-gram No Name Chicken Nuggets in Canada, and Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize NV's grocery unit Food Lion LLC has recalled some of its pickle chips and Swiss rolls.