Consumers urged to dispose of Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal after salmonella scare

AVA recalled 15.3 oz and 23 oz packs of Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, but is now advising consumers not to consume the cereal at all. PHOTO: AVA

SINGAPORE - Consumers in Singapore who have bought Kellogg's Honey Smacks are being advised to dispose of the product immediately following a salmonella scare.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) on Monday (June 18) recalled 15.3 oz and 23 oz packs of the cereal but has now advised customers not to consume the cereal at all - regardless of pack size or best-before date.

RedMart, an online supermarket which imports the cereal to Singapore, advised customers to "immediately dispose of the product".

It said in a statement: "Food safety is of utmost priority to our company and we urge our customers to take this recall seriously."

Supermarket Cold Storage said it withdrew the cereal from its stores on Saturday. Sheng Siong and Giant supermarkets said they do not sell the cereal.

Kellogg's has issued a global recall of Honey Smacks because of the potential presence of salmonella bacteria.

Kellogg's Asia-Pacific said: "We are working with our customers to remove Honey Smacks cereal from the marketplace and communicating to consumers via news releases, social media, the company website and a consumer hotline."

The Ministry of Health said: "There has been no case of Salmonella Mbandaka linked to the consumption of Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal in Singapore."

It added: "Salmonellosis is a bacterial infection caused by salmonella. A person with salmonellosis may develop symptoms, including diarrhoea, fever and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after infection."

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