The Lucky Charms cases appear to be creditable enough for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to say it was “aware of reports and is looking into the matter.”
The FDA also told Food Safety News: “The FDA takes seriously any reports of possible adulteration of a food that may also cause illnesses or injury. Depending on the seriousness of the problem, an FDA investigator may visit the person who made the complaint, collect product samples, and initiate inspections.” This said, the agency also made it clear that it has thus far not received any calls or complaints.
Consumer Reports has also reached out to General Mills about Lucky Charms. The company says it has found nothing to indicate that the incidents were related to their products, adding, “We encourage consumers to please share any concerns directly with General Mills to ensure they can be appropriately addressed.” The group’s director of food safety and testing, James E. Rogers, Ph.D., now recommends that consumers pick other cereals until more information emerges.
Since IWasPoisoned.com has actually accurately predicted food poisoning outbreaks before, it might be wise to follow that advice.