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Fortunate Charms — the sugary breakfast cereal made by Common Mills that has lengthy used a leprechaun mascot — is believed to be making folks sick nationwide, The Submit has realized from studies on a client criticism web site.

Not less than 139 customers throughout the nation reported they vomited and had diarrhea after consuming a bowl of the cereal that’s marketed to children, in line with iwaspoisoned.com, a platform that tracks food-borne sicknesses.

In March, Jan Judd of Heber Metropolis, Utah, mentioned she ate a bowl as a snack one night and some hours later she was cramping up, nauseous and up a lot of the night time with diarrhea.

“I felt awful for twenty-four hours, even worse than I felt after I had COVID-19,” Judd informed The Submit.

Lacey Pack of Friona, Texas, gave her 3-year-old son Jackson a mid-afternoon snack of the cereal with out milk on March 6. A number of hours later, he started “projectile vomiting” and didn’t cease till the next day, she informed The Submit.

“The entire weekend my son was like a zombie on the sofa,” she mentioned.

The identical day, her 5-year-old daughter, Harper, had just a few bites of the cereal and got here down with diarrhea, she mentioned.

Common Mills mentioned it doesn’t consider its cereal is the reason for these sicknesses, nevertheless it additionally mentioned that it’s conducting an “ongoing evaluate.”

“Meals security is our high precedence.  We’re conscious of client claims submitted through the web site and have carried out an intensive inner investigation,” Common Mills spokesperson, Andrea Williamson, mentioned in an announcement. “Primarily based on our meals security packages and evaluate of client suggestions we’ve acquired immediately, we don’t consider these complaints are attributed to our product. We encourage customers to please share their suggestions immediately with Common Mills to make sure it’s captured in our ongoing evaluate.”

A box of Lucky Charms cereal.
Dry cereals do no generally trigger meals borne sicknesses, skilled say.
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One other client from New Philadelphia, Ohio, reported having “inexperienced poop” from the cereal. “I really feel so sick. I’ve the shakes,” the Ohio resident reported on iwaspoisoned.com in September.

The 58-year-old model from Common Mills – whose marshmallows come within the type of hearts, clovers, moons, diamonds and rainbows – started sickening folks final July, iwaspoisoned.com founder Patrick Quade claimed.

Quade mentioned he contacted the corporate in September, alerting Common Mills to the studies however he didn’t hear again, he mentioned.

The studies started to spike this 12 months with 15 customers complaining on the platform in February and 17 in March.

“When you’ve 139 circumstances and all folks have the identical response that appears extremely suspect, however you’d nonetheless need to know what it’s that’s inflicting these sicknesses,” meals security lawyer Invoice Marler informed The Submit.

“Dry cereal is a class of meals that not often sees this type of exercise or meals poisoinng studies,” Quade informed The Submit.

However, in 2018 Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal precipitated a multi-state outbreak of salmonella through which 135 folks in 36 states had been contaminated and 34 folks had been hospitalized, in line with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. 

Kellogg additionally voluntarily recalled 28 million containers of Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops and Honey Smacks cereals in 2010 due to a foul odor and taste from the liners of the packages. Kellogg mentioned on the time that 20 folks complained concerning the odor and 5 folks reported nausea and vomiting.