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I'm not sure what to make of all the consumer complaints of sickness after eating Lucky Charms ...

As someone who litigates in the agriculture, food and beverage space, I see consumer complaints of sickness after eating food products all the time. Some are legitimate, others are not. But it is pretty unusual to see those foodborne illness complaints -- reportedly over 3,000 of them and counting -- made over a product like Lucky Charms. That is because the manufacturing process for breakfast cereal usually involves baking that kills off any pathogens. Its not unheard of. A plant that made cereal for Kellogg Co. was linked to a salmonella outbreak in 2018. But its rare.

The FDA is investigating. And as of right now, General Mills, the company that makes Lucky Charms, hasn't issued a recall and reports that its internal investigations have "not found any evidence of consumer illness linked to the consumption of Lucky Charms." But even those that are skeptical that a link between the product and illness will even be proven, have to acknowledge that the sheer volume of complaints is hard to ignore.

I'm not sure how all of this is going to shake out. I won't be surprised if litigation ensues and the courts are asked to answer a question that science may not be able to resolve.

Thousands of consumers complained of gastrointestinal issues after eating the cereal, but General Mills said it had not found evidence of a link.


litigation, food and beverage, foodborne illness