MINNEAPOLIS – General Mills has recalled nearly 2 million boxes of gluten-free Cheerios after announcing the breakfast cereal might have been contaminated with wheat.
The recall includes 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cherrios affected by “an isolated incident” at the company’s facility in Lodi, Calif., “that resulted in wheat flour being inadvertently introduced” in the gluten-free varieties, the company said Monday.
“We sincerely apologize to the gluten-free community and to anyone who may have been impacted,” said Jim Murphy, president of General Mills’ cereal business, in a press release.
Company spokeswoman Kirsite Foster told CNN Money that General Mills has received two complaints of illness related to the affected boxes.
The company has ordered boxes still at warehouses and on store shelves to be returned and is asking customers with wheat allergies to call the company at (800) 775-8370.
John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.
General Mills Recalls Some Cheerios Products Over Allergen Issue