A salmonella contamination has poisoned 70 plus in 31 different states.
UPDATE: After more than 70 people have contracted salmonella poisoning from the popular breakfast cereal, both the Food and Drug Administration as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have asked all households to toss any and all Honey Smacks—regardless of date or package size—into the trash.
“Do not eat Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal in any size package. Check your home for it and throw it away, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund,” writes the CDC in an update of the official recall notice. “Retailers should not sell or serve recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.”
The FDA explains in its update that the Kellogg company's voluntary recall didn't cover all of the potentially contaminated cereal, which initially just covered the product's initially estimated one year shelf life.
Out of the 70 plus victims of salmonella poisoning, 24 of these individuals have been hospitalized so far—and patients range from just 1 year old to 87 years old. No deaths have been reported, but those cases of salmonella occurring after May 22 could be missing from the official count as it takes two to four weeks for local hospitals to report these illnesses to the federal agencies.
States affected by the outbreak are scattered across the nation, from Alabama up to New Hampshire and as far west as Oregon, with 31 states on the list so far.