The FDA is investigating whether Lucky Charms cereal is making people sick
The Food and Drug Administration is looking into claims that Lucky Charms cereals make people sick. However, cereal Creator General Mills he said he found no clear link between his own product and disease.
Over the weekend, the FDA confirmed that it has received over 100 Lucky Charms-related disease complaints so far this year. Elsewhere, a consumer health website (iwaspoisoned.com) has allegedly collected thousands more of disease reports. On the website, people have reported symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain after eating Lucky Charms. These claims started coming in media attention over a week ago.
“The FDA takes seriously any reports of possible adulteration of a food that can also cause disease or injury,” the agency She said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.
In particular, while self-reported claims made on the website are reviewed, they are not subject to external verification. The AP reports that General Mills conducted his own investigation and that he was unable to find a conclusive link between the grains and diseases. The company said it encourages customers who believe they have been disgusted by the cereal to contact directly.
Outbreaks of foodborne disease from cereals reported to tend be rare, as the cooking process kills many germs. But then there can be contamination while the products go through enamelling or packaging. And since people don’t usually cook cereals before they eat them, they can therefore be exposed to any persistent pathogens. In 2018, at least 100 people were sick from Salmonella bacteria found in many of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks, which has resulted in a widerecall of the ladder. There were even more salmonella outbreaks once traced back to the same cereal brand, Malt-O-Meal, and indeed to the same manufacturing facilityin 1998 and 2008.