Bad Smell Causes Huge Cereal Recall

Packages of 4 major breakfast foods sicken consumers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 25, 2010 2:10 PM CDT
Bad Smell Causes Huge Cereal Recall
This is an assortment of Kellogg's Froot Loops, Corn Pops, Apple Jacks, and Honey Smacks in Mt. Lebanon, Pa., Friday, June 25, 2010. Kellogg Co. said Friday that it is voluntarily recalling about 28 million boxes of popular cereals including Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops and Honey Smacks due to...   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Kellogg is voluntarily recalling about 28 million boxes of Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops, and Honey Smacks cereals because a "waxy" smell and flavor coming from the package liners could make people sick, the company said today. A rep said about 20 people have complained, including five who reported nausea and vomiting. The company said the potential for serious health problems associated with the cereal is low.

The spokeswoman said the lining of the cereals' boxes produced the off flavor and odor. Kellogg is trying to identify the substance on the liner that's causing the problem. The products were distributed throughout the US and began arriving in stores in late March. Consumers concerned about the recall or seeking a refund can contact Kellogg at 888-801-4163 from 8 am to 8 pm ET. (Read more Kellogg stories.)

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