Commissioner Steve Troxler: NCDA & CS Recalls Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal


Whenever there is a national food recall where a product is known to have been distributed in North Carolina, our Food and Drug Protection Division inspectors fan out across the state conducting recall-effectiveness checks. With a recent recall on Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, inspectors found the recalled product in one out of every 10 grocery stores they checked, prompting a warning to consumers and stop-sale notices for the stores. Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler tells us more.

  • I like to talk about the work that our department does every day and especially how that work impacts peoples’ lives.
  • A recent national recall of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal is a great example of the importance of the department’s work regarding food safety.
  • A nationwide recall of the product was issued by the company in June after Salmonella was discovered in the cereal, following a multi-state outbreak with more than 101 cases of infections, including four in North Carolina.
  • Inspectors with our Rapid Response Team have been going out to stores and looking for this product on the shelf and their efforts are paying off. We want to make sure retailers know about the recall and are pulling this product from their shelves.
  • The teams have found the recalled product in roughly one out of every 10 stores they have gone to, which prompted us to do our own warning to consumers.
  • Consumers are being asked to check their cabinets for the recalled Honey Smacks product. The recalled product is in 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce boxes, with best-if-use-by dates of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019.
  • Since the initial recalls, the CDC has further recommended that consumer do not eat any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.
  • Food safety is something we take very seriously, and you can see why with 101 cases of infections from this product.
  • If consumers have this product they are advised to dispose of it or contact Kelloggs for a refund.
  • We are out there looking for all product recalls when they happen, but it is a good idea to always pay attention to recalls as a consumer, too. Check your pantry and refrigerator for any products noted.