General Mills issued a recall on Monday of some Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios due to an incident that may have added wheat to boxes labeled as gluten-free.
The recall affects an estimated 1.8 million boxes of the cereal – 150,000 cases – made at its Lodi, California factory in July, reports CNBC. The company cited “potential adverse health effects” for people with celiac disease or wheat allergies.
General Mills has said that would remove the boxes from store shelves. In a statement on a company blog, president of General Mills Jim writes, “wheat flour was inadvertently introduced into our gluten-free oat flour system” in an “isolated incident.”
Our Lodi production facility lost rail service for a time and our gluten-free oat flour was being off-loaded from rail cars to trucks for delivery to our facility on the dates in question. In an isolated incident involving purely human error, wheat flour was inadvertently introduced into our gluten-free oat flour system at Lodi.
The recall of the nearly 2 million boxes of cereal represents four days of production of original Cheerios and thirteen days of production of Honey Nut Cheerios at the facility, reports USA Today.
General Mills shared information on its website, as well as social media, on how consumers can identify the boxes of cereal that fall under the recall.
We're so sorry to announce we’re recalling some boxes of Cheerios/Honey Nut Cheerios. Please view image below & share pic.twitter.com/L9gxUutA3j
— Cheerios (@cheerios) October 5, 2015
In a press release, General Mills assured the public that “Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios cereals produced at General Mills’ other facilities, or on dates other than those noted at the Lodi, California facility, are not impacted.” Additionally, other gluten-free Cheerios brands and other General Mills cereals are not involved in the recall.
Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios cereals produced at General Mills’ other facilities, or on dates other than those noted at the Lodi, California facility, are not impacted. Other gluten-free Cheerios brands, such as Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, Frosted Cheerios and MultiGrain Cheerios, are not involved in this recall, as are no other General Mills cereals.
Last month, San Diego’s Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce recalled their “limited edition” cucumbers linked to an outbreak of salmonella that led to the death of a 99-year-old woman.