A woman has filed a lawsuit alleging that she contracted Salmonella Mbandaka after consuming Kellogg Co.’s Honey Smacks cereal. Lemieux v. Kellogg Co., No. 18-0682 (W.D. Mich., filed June 20, 2018). The infection is apparently part of an outbreak of Salmonella that began in March 2018 that has infected 73 people in 31 states. The plaintiff alleges that after eating Honey Smacks every morning for two weeks, she “lost her appetite entirely,” experienced “agonizing abdominal craps” and had a fever of 104 degrees. For allegations of strict liability, negligence and breach of warranty, the plaintiff seeks damages of more than $25,000 and attorney’s fees.

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