Lucky Charms Lawsuit Consumer Complaint Prompt Investigation
July 21, 2022 | Commercial Litigation & Class Actions
Lucky Charms Lawsuit
After the consumer protection website iwaspoisoned.com reported over 3,000 customers becoming sick from Lucky Charms, the Food and Drug Administration is reportedly reviewing consumer complaints and opening an investigation into the manufacturing processes and food safety protocols at General Mills, the food behemoth that manufactures the popular breakfast cereal.
Despite reporting on the preliminary investigation and some mentions of the reports to iwaspoisoned.com in the media, however, very little information has been released on the nature of the adverse events the cereal caused, or whether they were caused by an ingredient included in all batches or a safety failure that might have only affected a particular batch.
For its part, General Mills has stonewalled the public, issuing a statement that simply says its internal safety procedures “have not found any evidence of consumer illness linked to the consumption of Lucky Charms.” This is a common playbook for corporations to follow when consumers begin to complain about their products: deny or downplay the issue in public, even while paying out settlements to individuals who sue.
As this blog post describes, manufacturers in most states are strictly liable for the quality of their products. That would mean, for example, that because it’s General Mills’ job to make sure the cereal they put on shelves is safe, they’re automatically at fault for any illness that cereal causes. When a product is sold on a massive scale, like a breakfast cereal, the discovery of a manufacturing defect or a toxic additive that harms consumers usually leads to a class action lawsuit, making it easier for the courts to handle thousands of plaintiff claims.
It remains to be seen what caused those who consumed Lucky Charms to get sick, and General Mills hasn’t announced plans to recall the product. But as this incident shows, even products that have been around for decades and are highly familiar can cause injuries—and defective manufacturing or product safety failures can be to blame. If you ate Lucky Charms and got sick, or if you’ve been injured by any defective product, discussing your case with an experienced class action attorney can help you navigate the claims process, or in the absence of an existing class action, file suit on your own.
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