Cereal manufacturer General Mills recently announced a recall of nearly 2 million boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios and regular Cheerios. The recall, which was made in part to avoid product liability lawsuits from customers with gluten allergies, was announced after General Mills discovered that boxes of the cereal had been contaminated by wheat products.
Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios are made from oats and prominently marketed as a gluten-free option for customers with celiac disease or wheat allergies. If someone with these allergies eats a product that contains gluten, they can have a severe reaction and physical illness. People with gluten intolerance can also experience illness or physical discomfort.
According to General Mills, the cereals affected by the contamination can be identified by their expiration dates. Contaminated boxes include:
- Honey Nut Cheerios boxes with an expiration date between 12 July 2016 and 25 July 2016
- Cheerios boxes with an expiration date between 14 July 2016 and 17 July 2016
If you have celiac disease or a wheat allergy and have consumed any boxes with these expiration dates on them, you may wish to seek medical attention. You can also call General Mills at 1-800-775-8370 to request more information.
If you have been negatively affected by gluten-contaminated Cheerios or any other defective product, contact Long & Long’s Mobile product liability attorneys at (251) 432-2277. We represent clients from Mobile and elsewhere in Alabama.