Open letter to General Mills’ Gluten-Free Cheerios Team on Behalf of the Gluten Free Watchdog Community

Dear General Mills’ Cheerios Team,

Your recent recall of 13 lots of Honey Nut and 4 lots of Yellow Box Cheerios and subsequent explanation of how these products made it to market has raised many questions. One of the biggest concerns is the apparent discrepancy between what you told the community about your testing protocols and what you were actually doing. It is important that you provide a thorough and honest explanation.

What you were actually doing

You stated to me in […]

Gluten-Related Disorder? Stop Eating Gluten-Free Cheerios

To the Gluten Free Watchdog Community:

This afternoon General Mills announced a recall of certain lots of regular Yellow Box and Honey Nut Cheerios. According to the press release the lots impacted were produced at the facility in Lodi, California during a four-day period for Yellow Box and thirteen-day period for Honey Nut. If you have boxes of Cheerios in your pantry please check the Better if Used By Date for the following:

Honey Nut Cheerios
Honey Nut Cheerios
Honey Nut Cheerios
 Yellow Box […]

Sick after eating gluten-free Cheerios?

Update September 16, 2015 

On Monday and Tuesday of this week Gluten Free Watchdog sent a compilation of detailed illness reports related to Cheerios consumption to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in Massachusetts, the Director of Food Labeling and Standards at FDA, and the Deputy Commissioner for Foods at FDA.

FDA is now aware of the situation. If you believe you became ill after eating Cheerios, FDA is asking that you contact FDA’s MEDWATCH, the Adverse Event Reporting System. You […]

Gluten-Free Cheerios: Updated Position Statement

Oats: Gluten Free Watchdog supports the use of gluten-free oats by the celiac disease community that are produced under a purity protocol. At this time we do not in general support the use of regular commodity oats that are cleaned at the “end” of production via mechanical and/or optical sorting. We are not necessarily opposed to the use of such oats in the future if their gluten-free status can be definitively demonstrated via a rigorous testing protocol.

Cheerios: The oats […]

Gluten-Free Cheerios: Take Three

This is the latest in a series of news posts on gluten-free oats. For complete information, please refer to the articles posted HERE.

Gluten Free Watchdog test results: We have completed testing on three individual boxes of original (yellow box) Cheerios labeled gluten-free. Test results and a full report are publicly available at On the homepage, please scroll down to “Sample Product Reports” on the left hand side of the page.

Putting gluten test results into context

In 2014, Gluten Free […]

Gluten Content of Gluten Digestive Enzyme Supplements: A Very Brief Summary

This is not a commentary about whether individuals with gluten-related disorders should use gluten digestive aids or whether there is any benefit to these supplements. For an excellent article on enzymes and current medical thinking, please see the interview conducted by NFCA available HERE. 

As many of you know Gluten Free Watchdog has been sending various “glutenase” enzyme supplements to the lab for gluten testing. Initial results were very troublesome. But based on additional testing following a modified testing protocol, […]

Gluten-Free Cheerios: Take Two

Update August 14, 2015

General Mills and I spoke via phone on August 13th. Here are some of the positives…

They are looking to source some oats from suppliers who follow a purity protocol.

Note: I offered to help facilitate this process by reaching out to my contacts that supply pure oats to manufacturers. General Mills accepted this offer. Three suppliers were contacted this morning.

Update: As of 8/27/15 email correspondence with General Mills on whether they were truly interested in purchasing pure […]

Green Tea & Possible Gluten Contamination

Many of you may have heard about an FDA study published in June entitled, “Survey of Tea for the Presence of Gluten.” Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration conducted this study. What follows is a brief summary of the situation.

Background: A health care professional recently sent out a mass email with a link to the aforementioned study abstract on PubMed. The email suggested (in my opinion) that gluten contamination found in the study was coming from the tea […]

Gluten-free oat production: Purity protocol versus mechanical or optical sorting: Does it matter to you?

We are in a new era of gluten-free oat production. Gone are the days when oats and oat products labeled gluten-free meant the grain was produced under a purity protocol. Single- and multi-ingredient oat products labeled gluten-free may now include “regular” oats that have undergone mechanical and/or optical sorting to remove wheat, barley, and rye grain (this is now true in both the US and Canada). Many in the gluten-free community are in the process of working through this […]

Testing Probiotics for Gluten Contamination

Gluten Free Watchdog has received requests to test probiotics due to the recent study by the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University that was presented at Digestive Disease Week.  We can test a few products as part of our regular weekly testing OR we can undertake a more comprehensive study. As of May 27th, 31 different probiotics have been requested for testing by members of the GFWD community. If we proceed with comprehensive testing we will need to secure […]