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General Mills Recalls Some Cheerios Products Over Allergen Issue

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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.
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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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