Lucky Charms cereal allegedly caused ‘nasty’ disease; Hundreds sick with vomiting, diarrhea

Lucky Charms may not be so “magically delicious” after all, as the Food and Drug Administration has launched an investigation after hundreds of people claimed to have fallen ill from eating the cereal.

According to the New York Post, the FDA is investigating why people have complained of getting sick from eating cereal made by General Mills (GIS). Symptoms range from vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and green poop.

Around 140 people reported falling ill from eating the cereal from July 2021 to March 2022, with increased interest reaching around 400 consumers in recent days.

Consumers raised concerns about Lucky Charms cereal on — a foodborne illness tracking website — prompting the FDA to look into the matter, the New York Post reported.

“The FDA takes seriously any reports of possible adulteration of a food that could also cause illness or injury,” an FDA spokesperson told the outlet. “Depending on the severity of the issue, an FDA investigator may visit the person who filed the complaint, collect product samples, and initiate inspections.”

The FDA spokesperson also said complaints are discussed with company management during inspections, though it’s unclear whether the FDA has spoken with General Mills.

Consumer complaints on included comments from one consumer who said, “I had horrible cramps and diarrhea for 2 days after killing half a box of lucky charms last Saturday . I still feel weak and dehydrated.

Another said: “Within an hour of eating lucky charms, my son fell very ill. He had severe stomach pains and diarrhea that lasted 24 hours.

Another consumer said, “I ate 2 bowls of lucky charms 2 days ago, April 3, 2022, and about 2 hours later I started getting seriously ill! At first I wasn’t sure what was making me sick and later that evening my 15 year old son had 2 bowls of lucky charms and a few hours later he also started to get seriously ill. Since then, we have both had vomiting, severe diarrhoea, horrible stomach cramps and severe headaches! »

General Mills told the Post last week that it doesn’t believe its Lucky Charms cereal is making people sick, but added that there is an “ongoing review” of the matter.

On Wednesday, before market, shares of General Mills were trading at $69.57, up 41 cents, or 0.59%.

A bowl of Lucky Charms cereal is pictured. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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