The reports come after thousands of people have complained on a consumer website.
Lucky Charms cereal is “magically delicious.”
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also investigating Lucky Charms after reports of illnesses allegedly linked to the marshmallow-rich cereal.
Food and Drug Administration officials said they are examining reports from more than 100 consumers who told the agency that they got sick after eating Lucky Charms cereal recently.
The reports come after thousands of people have complained on a consumer website, saying they have experienced nausea, vomiting and diarrhea after eating Lucky Charms.
“The agency is currently reviewing and investigating these reports,” an FDA spokeswoman said.
General Mills, the maker of the iconic cereal, denies that consuming Lucky Charms causes adverse health effects.
Andrea Williamson, a spokeswoman for General Mills, which makes the cereal, said in a statement on Monday that internal investigations had “not found any evidence of consumer illness linked to the consumption of Lucky Charms.”
The company takes consumer reports seriously, Ms. Williamson said.
“Food safety is our top priority,” she said. “We encourage consumers to please share any concerns directly with General Mills to ensure they can be appropriately addressed.”
On the other hand, the reports submitted to the consumer website (iwaspoisoned.com) are very consistent. Most complaints focus on severe stomach issues, and many come from worried parents and grandparents.
“My daughter became very sick. 102.7 temp, vomiting, stomach pain and chills. She isn’t able to keep sips of water down. I asked her about everything she had eaten and drank in the past 24 hours and couldn’t figure it out until I saw the news report,” one consumer from Grand Forks, N.D., posted over the weekend.
“Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and horrible belching with an awful taste, almost chemical. Household of 4 all experienced the same thing,” a consumer from Defiance, Ohio, reported.
“I bought Lucky charms for my son and grandson. They both had nausea and stomach pains. We all ate the same except the Lucky Charms. They ate it several days in a row as a afternoon snack and would get these symptoms,” another consumer from Blairsville, Ga., wrote. “No more Lucky Charms and they are both ok now.”
Typically, pathogens that cause food-borne illnesses die when the cereal is baked. Hopefully, the problem will be identified and not related to food tampering, especially since that cereal brand is a childhood favorite.
It is also the only cereal I eat on the rare occasions I have cereal.DONATE
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