The Food and Drug Administration said about 1.3 million cases of the popular Kellogg's cereal, described as a sweetened puffed wheat product, had been recalled from more than 30 states last month, Reuters reported. Interviews with ill people allowed investigators to identify Honey Smacks as a possible source of the illnesses, triggering the recall. The CDC reported that the outbreak has now impacted people in over 33 states.
Salmonella infections can cause illness, or death in rare cases. More information on the recall can be found on the FDA's website.
People infected with Salmonella may have symptoms including diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. "The public is urged to report any product being offered for sale".
The FDA said on Thursday it would follow up with retailers to prevent the sale of the product.
"Do not eat any Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of package size or best-by date", it said.
Meanwhile, the number of sick people continues to increase. About 450 people die in the United States each year from salmonella. Customers should either throw away the product or may return their box of cereal to a store for a full refund. No deaths have been reported in the latest outbreak. However, people in high-risk groups, which include children, older adults, pregnant women and anyone with a compromised immune system can develop serious complications which require hospitalization.