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Update regarding mysterious illnesses linked to Lucky Charms

We wrote just a few days ago about some mysterious illnesses consumers have linked to Lucky Charms cereal.

Customers complained of symptoms commonly associated with food poisoning through the 3rd party website Those symptoms included diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. For their part, parent company General Mills has denied there was any connection between Lucky Charms and the reported illnesses. They released a statement at the time that read in part, “Through our continuing internal investigations, we have not found any evidence of consumer illness linked to the consumption of Lucky Charms…”

Now comes an update by way of the NY Post as the FDA is working with states to investigate the issue, and General Mills is handing out coupons. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has tapped 4 states Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, and New York to assist with interviewing consumers that reported illnesses related to Lucky Charms. When we posted our original story, the FDA had received 100 complaints. According to the FDA, that number now sits at 231.

One customer located in Fayetteville, Arkansas made General Mills aware of her recent bout with “violent diarrhea” after having a bowl of Lucky Charms as a midnight snack. She received a letter from General Mills apologizing that their product “did not meet your expectations” as well as two $7 coupons. The coupons were good for any one (1) box of Honey Nut Cheerios, Trix, or Cocoa Puffs. Despite the ongoing investigation, continuing customer complaints, and apology letters from General Mills…they maintain that their cereal is safe.

To read the newest report from the NY Post, click here: