BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - Kellogg Co. is voluntarily recalling
about 28 million boxes of Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops and
Honey Smacks cereals because an unusual smell and flavor from the
packages' liners could make people ill, the company said Friday.
Kellogg said about 20 people complained about the cereals,
including five who reported nausea and vomiting. The company said
the potential for serious health problems is low.
Consumers reported the cereal smelled or tasted waxy or like
metal or soap. Company spokeswoman J. Adaire Putnam said some
described it as tasting stale.
Kellogg is trying to identify the substance on the liners that's
causing the problem and is offering consumers refunds in the
The products were distributed throughout the U.S. and began
arriving in stores in late March.
Only products with the letters "KN" following the use-by date
are included in the recall. Products in Canada are not affected.
Kellogg's shares were almost unchanged Friday afternoon, trading
at $52.69, 17 cents below Thursday's close.
For more information:
Consumers concerned about the recall - or seeking a refund - can
contact the Kellogg Consumer Response Center at 888-801-4163 from 8
a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time.
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