On Monday, April 18, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) announced that it is investigating consumer reports about becoming ill after eating Lucky Charms cereal. So far, more than 3,000 persons from all 50 states have succumbed to diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, and vomiting.
A poison reporting website is taking note of the people trending about the cereal. They are asking anyone who has eaten the cereal and has gotten ill to report it. Here is a link to the site for reporting. Several people are ill for more than a day, even experiencing dehydration.
The FDA Response
The FDA is looking into possible adulteration of a food that may also cause illness or injury. According to a recent Tweet, over 3,000 people are sick from Lucky Charms. They even posted a map of the occurrences here. The FDA is attempting to track down symptoms, batch numbers, or any linking items to find the source of this poisoning. So far, the illnesses are not regional or local or any way connected, except by the cereal.
The Company Response
General Mills, the company who makes Lucky Charms, said that it is aware of the claims and is taking them seriously. However, in its own investigation, it has not found any evidence of consumer illness that is linked to the cereal. The official Lucky Charms Twitter shared,
Food safety is our top priority .
A representative for General Mills has not yet responded to this comment. So far, neither the FDA nor General Mills has issued a recall for the cereal.