Unlucky Charms

More than 3,000 people have reported being sick after consuming Lucky Charms cereal.


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Natalia Garcia, Staff Writer

   Popular cereal brand, Lucky Charms, has been around since 1964. The toasted oat cereal with frosted marshmallows has always been said to be “magically delicious.” However, do they continue to be “magically delicious?” Lucky Charms was investigated by the Food and Drug Administration on Monday, Apr. 18, due to numerous reports of people getting sick after consuming the cereal. 

   According to iwaspoisoned.com, a website where people can share symptoms of illness due to the suspicion of a specific food product, more than 3,000 people reported symptoms of diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain and vomiting.

   “I purchased a box of Lucky Charms cereal 2 days ago, my daughter was unable to go to school after eating a bowl last night. She was up for hours with cramping, nausea, and diarrhea,” wrote one victim from Orlando on April 27.

   Another victim from Woodbury, New Jersey stated in a post that their son ate the Lucky Charms cereal on April 25, and within an hour “he broke into sweats, had stomach pain and nausea.” The child then experienced diarrhea and vomiting for four hours. 

   Andrea Williamson, a spokeswoman for General Mills, manufacturer of Lucky Charms, said in a statement on Monday that internal investigations had “not found any evidence of consumer illness linked to the consumption of Lucky Charms.”