Officials are investigating reports of illnesses possibly linked to lucky charms

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports of illnesses possibly linked to Lucky Charms cereal, but little information is yet available.

According to Patrick Quade, operator of the iwaspoisoned.com website, hundreds of consumers have reported illnesses after eating General Mills breakfast cereals. Reports include gastrointestinal symptoms. Quade said he has contracts with public health agencies in 49 states, and last fall he received a contract from the FDA, to provide information to detect foodborne illnesses and outbreaks. .

On April 6, the FDA reported the following to Food Safety News:

“The FDA is aware of the reports and is looking into the matter. The FDA takes seriously any reports of possible adulteration of a food that may also cause illness or injury. Depending on the severity of the problem, an FDA investigator may visit the person who filed the complaint, collect product samples, and initiate inspections. Complaints of a less serious nature or those that appear to be isolated incidents are monitored and the information may be used during a future inspection of a company to help the FDA identify problem areas in a production facility. Complaints are also discussed with company management during these inspections.

An FDA spokesperson said the agency has not received any calls from its Food and Cosmetic Information Center regarding Lucky Charms cereal. Anyone who becomes ill or has a child who becomes ill after eating the cereal is encouraged to report illness through the FDA reporting page.

Consumers are also urged to consult their health care provider if they become ill after eating the cereal and to inform their doctor of any food-borne links.

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