The United States Food and Drug Administration is investigating unverified reports of consumers who said they got sick after eating Lucky Charms cereal.
An agency spokesperson said in a statement that “the FDA is aware of the reports and is investigating the matter.”
“The FDA takes seriously any reports of possible food adulteration that could cause illness or injury,” the statement said.
The investigation comes after hundreds of people reported on iwaspoisoned.com, a website where users report foodborne illnesses in unverified claims, that they had become ill after eating Lucky Charms cereal in the past month. Several reported nausea, vomiting and stomach pain. But the FDA said its own reporting system received only three “adverse event reports” in 2021, and only one of them appeared to be related to complaints on iwaspoisoned.com. Since 2004, the agency said a total of 41 grain complaints have been received.
General Mills, the company that makes the cereal, said an internal investigation into recent claims found no evidence that the cereal caused the illnesses. There have been no official recalls on the product as of Thursday.
“Food safety is our top priority,” General Mills spokesperson Andrea Williamson said in a statement to NBC 5. “We take consumer concerns reported through a third-party website very seriously. After an internal investigation Further investigation, we found no evidence that these complaints are attributed to our products.We encourage consumers to raise their concerns directly with General Mills to ensure they can be addressed appropriately.
The FDA said that as part of its investigation, an investigator may visit those who have filed complaints, collect product samples and possibly conduct inspections.