Multi-state outbreak of salmonella linked to Kelloggs

The FDA is advising consumers to avoid eating and discard any Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of size or sell by date

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella mbandaka infections.

Kellogg's Honey Smacks have been identified as the likely source of the outbreak.

Seventy-three people in 31 states have been reported as becoming ill and there has been 24 hospitalisations, with no deaths.

The Kellogg Company, following discussion with the FDA, CDC and state partners, voluntarily recalled the cereal snack and consumers are advised to refrain from eating the Honey Smacks and throw any away, regardless of size, or use by date.

The recall accounts for all of the product on the market within the cereal's estimated one year shelf-life. However, products prior to this date could also potentially be contaminated.

"The FDA's staff has initiated an inspection at the facility that manufactures Kellogg's Honey Smacks and is working quickly with the company to collect additional information," the agency said in a statement.

The investigation is ongoing.