Oh Cheerios, what have you done? I thought it was too good to be true. I even went out and bought a box of cereal. I was so excited. That changed pretty quickly. If you haven’t heard by now, General Mills is recalling over 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios. Wheat was introduced into their gluten free facility while it was producing the cereal. Before this recall, the FDA received 125 complaints from people getting severe reactions to eating the “undeclared allergen” aka wheat. By severe reactions, I mean that people, little children, were ending up in the emergency room because they were so sick or were sick for weeks but couldn’t figure out the cause. This is not something to take lightly.
General Mills senior vice president and president of the cereal division, Jim Murphy, said, “I am embarrassed and truly sorry to announce today that we are recalling boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced on several dates at our Lodi, California facility.” (If you want to read the whole article, click here)
They are blaming lost rail service and instead of oat flour being taken off, they chose the wheat boxes. Seriously?? It is a gluten free facility! Yes, Jim you are right. It was “human error” and now you have outraged the gluten free community and I am not talking about people, who think this is a diet or fad, but the community where people get incredibly sick from gluten. I am not sure that Cheerios or General Mills will be able to get the support from our community any time soon, if at all.
If you bought any Cheerios, please check the chart below to see if your box was affected. Even though mine was not, I got rid of it. You can’t be too safe. They also only recalled the Yellow Box and Honey Nut Cheerios but there are five gluten free types. How are they going to monitor those? Are those made in a different facility? Was there lost rail service or a “human error” there as well? I am not telling you what to do but I am not taking that chance!