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Thursday
Jan122012

New Peanut Butter Cheerios Worry Parents of Allergic Kids

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- General Mills has recently introduced Multi Grain Cheerios Peanut Butter cereal, which the manufacturer touts as allowing consumers to  ”(i)ndulge in real peanut butter taste without derailing your diet.”

But parents with children who have peanut allergies worry that the new product could, in fact, derail their kids’ peanut-free diets if playmates share their snacks with them.

Others have voiced concerns of cross-contamination at facilities manufacturing both traditional Cheerios, a long-favored snack among toddlers, and peanut butter Cheerios.

In a statement, General Mills said the company could say with “complete confidence” that Multi Grain Cheerios Peanut Butter will not cross-contaminate other Cheerios varieties."

“General Mills employs the most stringent allergen control practices in the industry,” the company said.

The Cheerios fears come on the heels of the death last week of a Virginia first grader who suffered an allergic reaction during recess.  Her mother told reporters she had a peanut allergy.  Police reported on Wednesday that she had received a peanut from another student who was unaware of her allergy.

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Tuesday
Oct182011

Group Hits General Mills on Fruit Snack Nutrition 

General Mills(WASHINGTON) -- A nonprofit nutrition and health watchdog group and a California mother are at the center of a complaint that alleges General Mills misled consumers about the nutritional and health qualities of its popular fruit snacks including Fruit Roll-Ups and Fruit by the Foot.

The complaint filed Oct. 14 at the United States District Court of Northern District of California alleges the company made “misleading statements that its products were nutritious, healthful to consume and better than similar fruit snacks,” but the products contain “trans fat, added sugars, artificial dyes, lacked significant amounts of real natural fruit, and had no dietary fiber.”

“General Mills has misled parents into thinking this isn’t junk,” Stephen Gardner, director of litigation for the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest, told ABC News.
“Selling these fruit snacks was little better than giving candy to children,” according to the complaint.

General Mills, in a statement to ABC News, said: “To our knowledge we have not been served with any lawsuit. But it would not be unusual for CSPI to put out a press release before actually serving a lawsuit.  We cannot comment further at this point...We stand behind our products -- and we stand behind the accuracy of the labeling of those products.”

“I do think products that include fruit in their names and sport pictures of fruits on their packaging- should be made mostly, or at least partly, from those fruits,” Dr. David Katz, a director at Yale University Prevention Research Center, wrote in an email to ABC News.

So what’s in the product? An online label for Fruit Roll-Ups Blastin’ Berry Hot Colors on the company website lists the ingredients for the product as pears from concentrate, corn syrup, sugar, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil contains 2% or less of: citrium acid, sodium citrate, acetylated monoglycerides, fruit pectin, dextrose,  malic acid, vitamin C,  and natural flavor color.  Above the nutrition facts the label says: “MADE WITH REAL FRUIT” in red lettering.

“I think the claims by General Mills are consistent with allowed language,” said Keith Ayoob, associate Clinical Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in The Bronx, New York “I’m thinking if they have a complaint they may better address it to the FDA or USDA. I assume their claims are legitimate and in compliance with regulation and, if they’re not, the federal government has to get involved.”

Ayoob said he encourage parents to read product labels.  "If there are ingredients that you choose to not give to your child, then you have the right to do so. These are not a necessary food or a required food.  It’s not something that children have to have in their diet.”

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