Are Cheerios Really Gluten-Free?

Amidst growing interest in gluten-free foods, General Mills has aggressively advertised a new “extraction process” that makes one of its most popular cereals, Cheerios, safe for consumption for those avoiding the protein. However, the FDA has now received well over 100 complaints from consumers who have tried the new recipe only to experience gastro-intestinal distress from gluten remnants.

While some avoid gluten for health reasons or to follow specific diets, others may face much greater consequences when gluten is ingested. People with allergies to gluten or with the autoimmune disorder Celiac Disease may face increased risks for malnutrition, loss of bone density, pregnancy complications and infertility, and even some forms of cancer. This makes any oversight in foods claiming to be gluten-free that much more serious.

At this point it is hard to tell if General Mills acted negligently in manufacturing and marketing Cheerios to gluten-free individuals. However, aggressive marketing of specialty foods that turn out to not be safe may entitle those injured to compensation for medical expenses and other damages.

If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury following the consumption of a food marketed as safe for your diet, please contact the Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss to discuss your options. Based in Orford, we welcome clients from all areas of New Hampshire and Vermont.


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