You Should Stop Eating Kellogg's Honey Smacks

FDA: Retailers cannot legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following recall

FDA: Retailers cannot legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following recall

That's what the Centers for Disease Control advised bluntly in a tweet Thursday, noting that more than 100 people in 33 states have been infected with salmonella.

The FDA said on Thursday it would follow up with retailers to prevent the sale of the product. Infections continued to climb, despite efforts by the FDA and CDC to warn consumers and retailers that the cereal has been recalled and should not be consumed or sold.

The agency is urging consumers to avoid Honey Smacks, a sugary puffed wheat cereal which has been the subject of a recall by the company since mid-June.

This comes as the federal agency continues to investigate a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella. The CDC now advises that anyone who has purchased the cereal return it for a refund or throw it out completely regardless of an expiration date. At that time, 73 people in 31 states had confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning. A case count map breaks down the location and prevalence of cases, the first of which was reported in early March. No deaths have been reported, the CDC said.

Symptoms usually begin within a week after exposure to the bacteria.

Use or consumption of products contaminated with salmonella can result in serious illness, including fatal infections, fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, especially for young, frail or elderly people, according to the CDC.

Symptoms last about four to seven days, and although most people improve without treatment, some may require hospitalization because of severe diarrhea.