The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a huge number of reports from consumers who say they got sick after eating this certain brand of cereal.
Over the weekend, the FDA said it is currently “reviewing and investigating” the reports that began surfacing last week concerning Lucky Charms cereal, a flagship brand of General Mills.
The FDA said it became aware of hundreds of consumers’ accounts of illness after they were posted on the iwaspoisoned.com website.
According to the Associated Press report, “The FDA said Saturday it has received more than 100 complaints related to Lucky Charms so far this year. Several hundred people have also posted on a food safety website, iwaspoisoned.com, complaining of nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting after eating Lucky Charms.”
The FDA said in a statement that it “takes seriously any reports of possible adulteration of a food that may also cause illnesses or injury.”
Patrick Quade, who operates the iwaspoisoned.com, made a shocking revelation to the Wall Street Journal:
Besides nausea and vomiting, consumers have also reported diarrhea as a symptom related to these sicknesses. Quade has received about 3,000 reports this year complaining of illnesses linked to Lucky Charms, with most being posted in the last two weeks. Quade said it’s the most complaints the site has received about a single product.
General Mills said it is working with the FDA to investigate the matter. The company, which produces a large portfolio of breakfast cereals, said it has conducted an internal investigation and did not turn up anything that might have caused the illnesses. However, it is seeking feedback from its customers.
A spokeswoman for General Mills said in a statement:
“We encourage consumers to please share any concerns directly with General Mills.”