US salmonella outbreak: 'Do not eat Honey Smacks,' shoppers told

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Kellogg's issued a recall of Honey Smacks in June

US health officials have issued a blunt warning for people to avoid Honey Smacks, a popular breakfast cereal linked to a salmonella outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged consumers: "Do not eat this cereal."

The cereal is the likely source of the salmonella outbreak, the CDC said.

Salmonella infections can cause illness, or death in rare cases. No deaths have been reported in the latest outbreak.

The warning not to eat Honey Smacks came in a post on social media by the CDC:

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"Do not eat any Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of package size or best-by date," it said.

The statement said salmonella strains had been found in both unopened and leftover samples of Honey Smacks at several locations.

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