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Gluten Free in the News
Gluten Free Cheerios have hit the shelves of many stores throughout the USA making many people living on a gluten free diet due to celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or other health issues very happy. Affordable and accessible healthy gluten free food options are always a welcomed sighting when strolling through the supermarket. With Cheerios being the iconic cereal everyone loves...it is no wonder that the General Mills announcement voluntarily recalling a select group of boxes affecting both gluten free cheerios and the honey nut gluten free cheerios due to an isolated incident is creating a real stir in the gluten free community.
In a statement issued by General Mills:
"General Mills is voluntarily recalling Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios cereal produced at its Lodi, California facility on certain dates because of a potential undeclared allergen in the product. The products contain wheat, though they are labeled gluten free – and could cause severe reactions or illness in people with wheat allergies, celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Only products produced at the company’s Lodi, California facility, and bearing the following “BETTER IF USED BY” dates are being withdrawn:"
After conducting extensive research on this issue we are happy to report that there has been no confirmation as of yet that any other boxes have tested positive for gluten other than those produced at the Lodi, California facility bearing the "better if used by" dates in the image above.
With that being said GlutenFreeWatchDog.org is reporting the following: "Of late, there are many reports on social media of people becoming sick after eating gluten-free labeled Cheerios. In fairness, there are reasons why people might be having gastrointestinal symptoms that have nothing to do with gluten contamination. These reasons may include an increase in fiber intake due to overzealous Cheerios consumption or an inability to tolerate oats especially if this is the first time oats have been added to the diet since a diagnosis of celiac disease. Regardless, each and every report of adverse reactions to gluten-free labeled Cheerios should be taken seriously." Please visit https://www.glutenfreewatchdog.org/news/sick-after-eating-gluten-free-cheerios/ to file your complaint if you believe you or a family member has become sick after eating gluten-free Cheerios.
What is General Mills asking consumers to do?
Consumers allergic to wheat, or diagnosed as celiac or intolerant of gluten, or who are unsure of whether they are sensitive to or intolerant of gluten, should not consume cereals in packages bearing the affected code dates. Consumers should contact General Mills at 1-800-775-8370.
Please visit http://www.cheerios.com/glutenfreerecall?gclid=CJnRzuyytsgCFdg8gQodHsQAXg&gclsrc=aw.ds for more information.