USA – FDA says reports nearing 450 in outbreak associated with Lucky Charms cereal

Food Safety News

The FDA is reporting that the number of reports of illnesses linked to a dry cereal have almost doubled in the past week, reaching 446.

In a weekly update the Food and Drug Administration indicated that the number had increased from the 231 cases of “adverse events” reported on April 20. Although the update does not name the cereal involved, the FDA has previously confirmed to Food Safety News that it is investigating an outbreak of illnesses linked to Lucky Charms cereal.

The FDA has also confirmed that it sent an alert earlier this week to state and local health departments noting the outbreak and asking for help investigating it. The Ohio Department of Health reported that symptoms related to the cereal include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. 

Hundreds of similar reports to the crowd sourcing website have come in in recent weeks. The website operator Patrick Quade works with state and local health departments to help identify foodborne illness outbreaks.

In other outbreak news, the FDA has closed its investigation into a Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak without having identified a source of the pathogen. As of the most recent report the outbreak had affected 60 people. The agency has not reported any information about the patients and has not reported where they live. The FDA did initiate traceback efforts but was not able to collect enough information for on-site inspections or sample collections.

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