Kellogg’s Blames Third Party for Tainted Cereal After Salmonella Outbreak in 31 States

Kellogg's Honey Smacks and Rice Krispies cereals.
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Kellogg is recalling Honey Smacks — the breakfast cereal with the green frog mascot — after government health officials said the product was linked to a salmonella outbreak in several states.

Announcing the recall, Kellogg pointed out that it does not actually make the cereal. Instead, it employs a third-party manufacturer and simply stamps the trusted American brand name on it.

“Kellogg launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces Honey Smacks immediately after being contacted by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding reported illnesses,” the company said in a statement.

The company said consumers should throw away any 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce boxes of Honey Smacks with “best if used by” dates between June 14, 2018, and June 14, 2019.

Seventy-three people in 31 states have been sickened by the outbreak linked to Honey Smacks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twenty-four of those have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

The Food and Drug Administration and the CDC contacted Kellogg after receiving reports of salmonella-related illnesses in several states, the CDC said Thursday.

The company is best known for breakfast cereal, but it is controlled by a little-known, wealthy, left-wing foundation. Every purchase of a product contributes to the left-wing activism of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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