First, I have to apologize that I am late in getting the information about a gluten-free Cheerios recall to you. I did post about this recall on my Facebook page as soon as I heard about it, but I know that not all of you follow me there.
I have written before about my concerns regarding the new Gluten-Free Cheerios, and I do not recommend eating them. However, if you are intent on eating them, you need to be sure that you are not eating a box that is part of the recall.
Regular and Honey Nut Cheerios that were produced in Lodi, California during certain dates were affected. You can read the news release and find out which boxes were affected here.
General Mills Cannot Be Trusted
This recall underscores my belief that General Mills cannot be trusted because the testing that they were supposed to be doing didn’t happen. In an email to Tricia Thompson of Gluten Free Watchdog, GM said,
“We tested the oat supply – and the oat supply tested as gluten free. We tested the oat flour being used – and our oat flour supply also tested as gluten free on all of the recall code dates. Unfortunately, an amount of wheat flour was introduced into our otherwise gluten free production system through human error, and finished product was not tested on these run dates.” (emphasis added)
The recall covers a four-day period for yellow box Cheerios and a 13-day period for Honey Nut Cheerios. For 13 days, the finished product was not tested, but we were led to believe that all lots of finished product were being tested.
Gluten-Free Status Still a Concern
The recall certainly explains some of the complaints from people who were having reactions. However, many people have said that they reacted to boxes that were NOT part of the recall.
The issue many people (including myself) have with the lot mean testing that General Mills is doing is still a concern. Please don’t think that all boxes that were not recalled are safe. I won’t go into the reason for that again, but I have written about it in Gluten-Free Cheerios, Safe or Not? and subsequent posts linked to at the bottom of that post and below.
- Lingering Questions Remain about Gluten-Free Cheerios Recall and Safety
- Stop Eating “Gluten-Free” Cheerios Plus 9 More Thoughts on This Appalling Situation
- Gluten-Free Cheerios: Safe or Not? Part 2
- More on Gluten-Free Cheerios and We Should All Be Watchdogs