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Kellogg's cereal smells, tastes weird and could be toxic (but it's otherwise fine)

Kellogg's cereal is being recalled nationwide after complaints of an unusual smell and flavor.

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Kellogg's cereal boxes, including Froot Loops, Corn Pops, Apple Jacks, and Honey Smacks sit on the shelf of a Mt. Lebanon, Pa., grocery store Friday. Kellogg Co. is voluntarily recalling about 28 million boxes of its cereal after complaints of a strange odor coming from the package liners.

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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.

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Kellogg is trying to identify the substance on the liners that's causing the problem and is offering consumers refunds in the meantime.

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.

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