Kellogg’s and Walmart guarantee the total recall of toxic cereal

Kellogg's and Walmart have stated that the Honey Smacks cereal has been completely removed from the Mexican market
Kellogg’s and Walmart guarantee the total recall of toxic cereal
The Walmart branch in Mexico and Central America ensured that the full recall of the cereal has been put into action since June 14 - Photo: John Raoux/AP
27/06/2018
19:06
Miguel Pallares
Mexico City
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Kellogg’s Company and Walmart have informed EL UNIVERSAL that the total recall of the Honey Smacks cereal in Mexico, due to the presence of salmonella in some of the boxes, is already complete.

“The product in its entirety has been removed from the Mexican market and is now being destroyed as the law prescribes,” Kellogg’s stated in an e-mail, adding that “In Mexico, the recall affected the Honey Smacks cereal only. All of our other products are free of infection.”

Through their social media, Kellogg’s Company in Latin America tweeted an announcement which provided phone numbers for customers to report incidents at every country affected: “We inform that the volontary and preventive recall of the Honey Smacks cereal has successfully concluded in Mexico, and is already underway in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panamá, and Puerto Rico. We thank you for your trust and invite you to keep enjoying your favorite Kelloggs’ cereals!,” the company stated.

The Walmart branch in Mexico and Central America ensured that the full recall of the cereal has been put into action since June 14 at Sam’s Club, the only store through which the product was distributed. “We are committed to provide high quality food products to our customers and business partners,” the company claimed.

Kellogg’s begun an investigation alongside the external supplier of the Honey Smacks cereal shortly after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warned about the potential presence of salmonella in some of the cereal boxes.

According to the CDC, the consumption of contaminated products could cause serious illness and infection, and could even be fatal for small children and people with a deficient immune system, as well as the elderly.

The Honey Smacks cereal was distributed in the United States, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Spain, among others. In Mexico, the Office of the Federal Prosecutor for the Consumer (PROFECO), and the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS) have warned people to avoid the product.

In the past week, 95 thousand boxes had already been recalled.
 

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