Salmonella scare leads to recall of Kellogg's cereal

The recall here came after Kellogg's issued a global recall of its Honey Smacks last Thursday.
The recall here came after Kellogg's issued a global recall of its Honey Smacks last Thursday.PHOTO: AVA

Consumers in Singapore who have bought Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal are advised to dispose of the product immediately due to the potential presence of salmonella bacteria.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) first recalled the 15.3 oz and 23 oz packs of the cereal on Sunday, but it 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, has also advised customers to "immediately dispose of the product".

"Food safety is of utmost priority to our company and we urge our customers to take this recall seriously," it added.

Both Cold Storage and NTUC FairPrice said they have withdrawn the cereal from their stores. Sheng Siong and Giant supermarkets said they do not sell the cereal.

The recall in Singapore came after Kellogg's issued a global recall last Thursday. The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said then that an outbreak of the salmonella bacteria in the United States, linked to the Honey Smacks cereal, had affected 73 people.

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 that a person may develop symptoms including diarrhoea, fever and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after infection.

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."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 21, 2018, with the headline 'Salmonella scare leads to recall of Kellogg's cereal'. Print Edition | Subscribe