Lucky Charms — the sugary breakfast cereal made by General Mills that has lengthy used a leprechaun mascot — is believed to be making folks sick nationwide, The Post has discovered from experiences on a client grievance web site.
At least 139 customers throughout the nation reported they vomited and had diarrhea after consuming a bowl of the cereal that’s marketed to children, in accordance with iwaspoisoned.com, a platform that tracks food-borne diseases.
In March, Jan Judd of Heber City, Utah, mentioned she ate a bowl as a snack one night and some hours later she was cramping up, nauseous and up a lot of the night time with diarrhea.
“I felt lousy for 24 hours, even worse than I felt when I had COVID-19,” Judd advised The Post.
Lacey Pack of Friona, Texas, gave her 3-year-old son Jackson a mid-afternoon snack of the cereal with out milk on March 6. Several hours later, he started “projectile vomiting” and didn’t cease till the next day, she advised The Post.
“The whole weekend my son was like a zombie on the couch,” she mentioned.
The similar day, her 5-year-old daughter, Harper, had a number of bites of the cereal and got here down with diarrhea, she mentioned.
General Mills mentioned it doesn’t consider its cereal is the reason for these diseases, however it additionally mentioned that it’s conducting an “ongoing review.”
“Food safety is our top priority. We are aware of consumer claims submitted via the website and have conducted a thorough internal investigation,” General Mills spokesperson, Andrea Williamson, mentioned in a press release. “Based on our food safety programs and review of consumer feedback we’ve received directly, we do not believe these complaints are attributed to our product. We encourage consumers to please share their feedback directly with General Mills to ensure it is captured in our ongoing review.”
Another client from New Philadelphia, Ohio, reported having “green poop” from the cereal. “I feel so sick. I have the shakes,” the Ohio resident reported on iwaspoisoned.com in September.
The 58-year-old model from General Mills – whose marshmallows come within the type of hearts, clovers, moons, diamonds and rainbows – started sickening folks final July, iwaspoisoned.com founder Patrick Quade claimed.
Quade mentioned he contacted the corporate in September, alerting General Mills to the experiences however he didn’t hear again, he mentioned.
The experiences started to spike this 12 months with 15 customers complaining on the platform in February and 17 in March.
“When you have 139 cases and all people have the same reaction that seems highly suspect, but you’d still want to know what it is that’s causing these illnesses,” meals security legal professional Bill Marler advised The Post.
“Dry cereal is a category of food that rarely sees this kind of activity or food poisoinng reports,” Quade advised The Post.
Nevertheless, in 2018 Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal brought about a multi-state outbreak of salmonella during which 135 folks in 36 states had been contaminated and 34 folks had been hospitalized, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Kellogg additionally voluntarily recalled 28 million bins of Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops and Honey Smacks cereals in 2010 due to a foul odor and taste from the liners of the packages. Kellogg mentioned on the time that 20 folks complained in regards to the odor and 5 folks reported nausea and vomiting.