FDA Investigating Lucky Charms Cereal After Illness Reports

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The Facts

  • The US Food and Drug Administration has started an investigation into whether Lucky Charms cereal is making people sick after thousands of consumers complained of gastrointestinal issues.

  • Hundreds of consumers have sent their complaints to the FDA, and more than 3,000 people have submitted reports of suspected food poisoning to the private consumer food safety platform "iwaspoisoned.com" after eating the cereal. The complaints include nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

The Spin

Narrative A

Food safety is General Mills' top priority. The company takes these consumer concerns very seriously, even when reported via a third-party website. So far, General Mills hasn't found any evidence linking Lucky Charms to illness.

Narrative B

The stream of reports of stomach illness from coast to coast are remarkably consistent. Any reports of foodborne illness is very concerning, and FDA will investigate to the fullest extent.

Cynical narrative

Let's reserve our judgement. Iwaspoisoned.com is a website where users report food illnesses that are unverified claims. Only 3 reports GI issues from Lucky Charms were officially reported to the FDA itself in 2021. As part of its investigation, the agency may pay a visit to those who made the unverified claims.

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