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Lucky Charms potential link to diseases probed by FDA, General Mills – FOX13 News Memphis

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed Saturday that it is investigating Lucky Charms after receiving more than 100 customer complaints of illness after eating the cereal.

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Thousands of people have complained on a consumer website claiming to have suffered from nausea, vomiting and diarrhea after eating Lucky Charms, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“The FDA takes seriously any reports of possible adulteration of a food that could also cause illness or injury,” the agency said in a prepared statement.

Minneapolis-based General Mills Inc., which makes the cereal, said it was working with the FDA, but noted that an internal investigation found no evidence of illnesses linked to Lucky Charms consumption.

Neither the company nor the FDA has issued a recall of the cereal, which is one of the company’s main brands.

According to the Journalbreakfast cereals rarely cause foodborne illness because the cooking process usually kills pathogens, but products can become contaminated after cooking, such as when icings are added or during packaging.

Patrick Quade, founder of the general public site iwaspoisoned.com, told the newspaper that his site has sent nearly 2,500 reports so far from people across the country who say they got sick shortly after eating lucky charms.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.