The US Food and Drug Administration is investigating Lucky Charms cereal after customers complained that they felt uncomfortable after eating it.
Fears have been raised after hundreds of people are said to have fallen ill from eating the popular breakfast cereal.
The FDA announced Saturday that it has received more than 100 good luck charm-related complaints so far this year.
“The FDA takes seriously all reports of possible adulteration of a food product, which may also cause illness or injury,” the agency said in a statement.
Several hundred people have also posted on a food safety website, iwaspoisoned.comcomplain of nausea, diarrhea and vomiting after eating Lucky Charms.
“This is actually the second time I’ve had symptoms after eating charms and I’m positive this is the cause!” wrote one Ohio person on the website.
“Having extreme abdominal pain, I’m keeping the rest of the cereal in the box and hoping to get it tested soon!” They added, stating that their symptoms were nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, “something else” and stomach pain.
“My 6-year-old daughter ate lucky charms for dinner last night and woke up not feeling well,” wrote one person from Columbus, Indiana. “She threw up and shortly afterwards got green diarrhea. Thank god she was better all day. This was a brand new box I just bought that came with a color changing spoon.”
“I ate some lucky charms and had diarrhea and nausea every day,” wrote someone from Chicago, Illinois.
“My daughter had lucky charms on Wednesday. On Thursday she woke up with a low-grade fever and vomiting,” added a poster from Mulberry, Fla. “She continued to have fever and vomiting through Friday. She still complains of occasional stomach pains but seems to be getting better and hasn’t had any since.”
Patrick Quade, founder of the consumer website, said that as of Saturday the website had received over 3,000 reports from people across the country claiming they had fallen ill shortly after eating good luck charms.
Most of these reports were submitted in the last two weeks, which according to a, is the most complaints the site has ever received for a single product Wall Street Journal Report.
General Mills Inc, the Minneapolis-based company that makes lucky charms, Cheerios and other cereals, said it was aware of the reports and took them seriously.
However, the company said its own investigation found no evidence of consumer illness associated with good luck charms.
General Mills said it encourages consumers to share their concerns directly with the company.
Ferrero recalled Kinder chocolate in stores in the US in early April after salmonella was found in manufacturing facilities.
Two candies from three retailers in the US are affected – Kinder Happy Moments Chocolate Assortment and Kinder Mix Chocolate Treats Baskets.
“To date, there are no confirmed cases in the United States and no other children’s or Ferrero products are affected by this recall,” the company said in a statement.
Earlier this month, the five-ounce packets of O Organics Sea Salt Popcorn were pulled from shelves.
The item was voluntarily recalled by Snak King Corporation on April 12 due to concerns of cross-contamination that could cause life-threatening allergic reactions.
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