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Beware of dangerous foods lurking on grocery store shelves

American consumers in New Jersey and the rest of the country expect clean and potable food items when they purchase products at their local grocery stores. While most food products in the United States are indeed safe, some dangerous foods slip through the cracks.

Unfortunately, consumers don't tend to learn about potentially dangerous foods until it's too late and numerous people have contracted serious illnesses — or worse — have died.

1.3 million boxes of Honey Smacks recalled

The popular Kellogg's cereal Honey Smacks is a favorite of children all over the country who may eat the cereal on a daily basis. However, just because a household name like Kellogg manufactures them doesn't mean they are safe for your children to eat. In fact, in June 2018, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) secured an agreement with Kellogg to recall 1.3 million boxes of Honey Smacks after 60 documented cases of salmonella poisoning and 31 hospitalizations were linked to the cereal.

After finding contaminated cereal boxes, the FDA began an in-depth investigation into the facility where Kellogg manufacturers Honey Smacks to determine the source of the salmonella outbreak. According to a statement issued by the agency, "The FDA is working with the company to quickly remove this cereal from the marketplace."

As a way of notifying consumers, the FDA asked Kellogg to request their retailers display signs stating that Honey Smacks was being recalled, all Honey Smacks were being removed from shelves and consumers should not eat some cereal they purchased. Affected units feature "Use By" dates from June 14, 2018 to June 14, 2019 on boxes of 15.3-ounce or 23-ounce sizes. Fortunately, consumers were reassured that no other products made by Kellogg have been included in the recall.

Were you or a family member hurt by a tainted food product?

If you became seriously ill after consuming a tainted food product of any kind, notify the manufacturer of the food product and the FDA immediately. Also, you may want to explore your legal rights and options to seek compensation for damages as a victim of a dangerous consumer product.

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