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Another Beloved Cereal Is Making People Sick, Reports Say

General Mills is currently investigating.

Following hundreds of reports that Lucky Charms was making people sick, another General Mills cereal is accused of being the source of new food poisoning cases. And this time, it's a brand notoriously fed to babies.

According to over 30  reports on iwasposioned.com in the week since June 3, people across the country have been complaining of feeling sick after eating a bowl of Cheerios cereal. Customers have seen some of the same gastrointestinal issues as those who reported sicknesses after eating Lucky Charms. Symptoms in both cases include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and other stomach-related problems. 

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"In early May I ate a bowl of Cheerios with milk and within 3 hours I got severe cramps, nausea then diarrhea & vomiting," one commenter says in a post on the website from June 10. "It lasted for several hours that night. Then about 4-5 days later I ate Cheerios again and within a few hours, I got the same reaction only this time it lasted most of the night. After I got over it I stopped eating Cheerios and the symptoms haven't returned."

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Cheerios' parent company General Mills told the New York Post on June 9 that it was takings consumer concerns about the cereal seriously and was currently "investigating this matter."

According to the Cheerios website, the company encourages weaning babies on the cereal as "Cheerios are made for little fingers to help with the development of fine motor skills, encourage self-feeding independence and learning the pincer grip technique." Often, mothers feed babies the cereal as early as 8 months of age. 

But this isn't the only product parents should be concerned about right now when it comes to feeding their children. News of over two dozen illnesses possibly related to the cereal comes just as shortages of baby formula are still being seen in grocery stores across the country.

The addition of another cereal as one that could cause foodborne sickness comes as over 500 people have described their illnesses from Lucky Charms in the past month on iwaspoisoned.com. The reports have sparked an investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, a recall has not been made on either of the cereals.  

In response to the illnesses possibly related to Lucky Charms,  the company told the New York Post in early April that it's aware of the reports but has not found any evidence of illness linked to the cereal after an internal investigation. Eat This, Not That! reached out to the FDA regarding the Lucky Charms investigation in May. A spokesperson said they were currently investigating the reports at that time. 

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Amber Lake
Amber Lake is a staff writer at Eat This, Not That! and has a degree in journalism from UNF in Jacksonville, Florida. Read more