I do have a question about Cheerios


Hi! I’m new here. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 14 years ago. Thanks for letting me in the group! I do have a question about Cheerios – I see everyone here saying they are actually not GF and I had no knowledge of this. How do you all know? I’m so sad about this! I have a one year old and three year old and they both will eat them as a snack (my husband is the only one who really eats gluten in our home because he knows how to do it safely for me without cross contaminating anything). I just want to know how you all know they aren’t GF (hopefully without upsetting anyone, I’ve read other comments related to cheerios and a lot of people seem to get heated and don’t always seem nice with replies ?) Help me understand please!!!!!

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  2. Yeah I’ve noticed the admins in this group seem to make fun of people here that ask certain questions. I’m sorry you were afraid to ask. As a support group the admin especially should be supportive and not put people down. It seems the oats in cheerios are contaminated and they chose to put gluten free on their packaging. I’ll try to find an article for you.

  3. Copy and paste of my standard response to Cheerios and Lucky Charms questions. Make informed decisions and stay safe.

    Cheerios & Lucky Charms

    Their production and testing procedures are all iffy, suspect, and lax.

    Fact: The oats come in mixed with wheat, barley and rye. A machine mechanically sorts them.

    You can have batches with little to no cross contamination. You can have batches with extremely high cross contamination, so called “hot spots”.
    Every box is Russian roulette. You may get 10 or even 20 boxes in a row that are ok. But that freaking 11th or 21st box might be the killer.

    Would you handle some gluten-full bread then touch your own gluten free food, without washing hands? Because that’s really what this process equates to.

    Fact: In the US they get away with testing by taking one box over the course of one-two hours, compile 12 boxes, crush each box into powder, take a small sample from each of those ground boxes, combine all 12 into one, ground it again, then sample only a small tidbit of that powder.

    Lucky Charms are produced exactly the same way at the same plants.

    Look up Gluten Free Watchdog for more in depth info.

    A young middle schooler did a test on various boxes of Cheerios for a science fair project in December 2017. Results: 2 out of 18 boxes, obtained from all over the country, had gluten. That’s over 10%. If you’re willing to take that chance, no one can change your mind.
    I’d post a link, but the mother has not authorized sharing it publicly because the daughter had advanced to the next round and it’s believed the local news is interested in her project. She had shared her project with a smaller closed group, and I will not violate the mother’s request.

    That production and testing information is directly from General Mills. That’s not speculation.

    Fact: They are not certified gluten free. If you take a good hard look, the logo says “proud sponsor of Celiac Disease Foundation “. That means they make donations to CDF, not that CDF has tested their products or reviewed their procedures. Literally any company can make a donation to any non-profit and put “proud supporter” on their labels because it’s technically true and not considered false advertising.

    Fact: Canada has required GM to remove the gf designation on Cheerios boxes and never allowed them on Lucky Charms. Both are produced in the US and shipped into Canada.

    Fact: GM is quite invested in getting people to believe their products are gluten free. Why? Big $$$. Their top 3 gluten free flavors – Cheerios (yellow), Honey Nut Cheerios and Lucky Charms – account for over $1 Billion in sales.

    One other fun little known fact – The FDA gluten free labeling law allows companies to “self monitor”. There is no reporting requirement, no need to keep records, no requirements on how or when products have to be tested. In fact, they don’t have to be tested by law to put gf on their labels.

  4. Gluten free watchdog and gluten dude all have done testing and it’s not safe for celiac.

  5. My daughter eats both and has no problems with it. It depends on your sensitivity.

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  7. I guess I’m also wondering how they aren’t being sued or something when they have a GF label on this product and they aren’t always GF… wouldn’t that be horrible for business and potentially cause a lot of problems??

  8. because these posts are very common and we cannot control the variety of answers, I’m answering this to make sure you get the right information. I’m gonna close the comments to ensure that happens

  9. They are not safe for celiac’s. End of story.

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