Recall Alert: This Cereal Has Caused Salmonella Outbreak in 31 States

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Before you eat breakfast stop and check out what brand you have in the pantry. A recent Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal recall over possible Salmonella contamination may have an impact on your kiddo’s typical morning meal routine. Representatives from Kellogg’s did not immediately return Red Tricycle’s request for comment.

The voluntary recall was issued on Thursday June 14 for Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal—15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages. An outbreak of 73 Salmonella infections were reported across 31 states. The recent outbreak is thought to be connected to the cereal. According to the FDA, Kellogg’s has already launched an investigation into the issue, looking at the third-party manufacturer who makes this specific product.

Recalled Product Description

Again, the current recall only applies to the Honey Smacks brand on Kellogg’s cereal. It also only currently includes the 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. sizes. The products included in this recall have a best if used by date of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019. That means the “use by” date can fall anywhere in between those dates and does not have to include the exact June 14 date number (in other words, if the use by date is June 18, 2018, it’s part of the recall).

Photo: Courtesy of the U.S. FDA

Why It Was Recalled

The recall was issued for possible Salmonella bacteria contamination. It’s believed that this bacteria has already sickened 73 people. Salmonella can cause serious stomach issues, including diarrhea, nausea, pain and vomiting. In severe cases this bacteria can be fatal—especially in the very young, elderly and those who are immunocompromised.

Photo: Courtesy of the U.S. FDA

How To Tell If Your Honey Smacks Are Recalled

Along with the size of the package and the use by dates (these are located at the top of the cereal box), you can also identify the affected products by the UPC code on the bottom of the box’s packaging. Look for the codes 3800039103 and 3800014810.

What Parents Can Do

If you have a recalled box of Kellogg Honey Smacks do not use it. Throw away the cereal and contact Kellogg for a full refund. More information is available on the FDA’s website and at You can also contact Kellogg Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET or Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET at 1-800-962-1413.

—Erica Loop

Featured Photo: Courtesy of the U.S. FDA


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