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How Much is Too Much? Report on Fortified Foods Tries to Answer That Question

Many Americans don’t get enough of the vitamins and minerals they should, but the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is now concerned that children and other vulnerable populations are exposed to excessive and unhealthy amounts in the foods they eat. The EWG report out Tuesday highlighted the levels of vitamin A, zinc and niacin in breakfast cereals… Continue Reading

Kellogg’s Mini Wheats Recalled For Metal Fragments

Up to three million boxes of cereal have been recalled by Kellogg’s because they may contain metal fragments. The foreign material is pieces of flexible metal mesh from a faulty machine part, but the company says the chances of the material getting into anyone’s cereal bowl are very low. The recalled Kellogg’s products include Frosted… Continue Reading

Twinkies for Breakfast?

Yesterday the Environmental Working Group (best known for its “Dirty Dozen” list of pesticide-laden produce) released a not very surprising report detailing the insane amounts of sugar in children’s cereals. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks, at nearly 56 percent sugar by weight, won the top prize, packing more sugar (20 grams per cup) than a Hostess Twinkie…. Continue Reading

Popular Kids Cereals as Sugary as Desserts, Review Finds

Few parents make a habit of feeding their kids Twinkies for breakfast. But children who eat some of the leading brands of cereal are getting just as much or more sugar as is in one of those dessert snacks, according to a new study. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reviewed 84 brands of children’s breakfast… Continue Reading

Lawmakers Investigate Kellogg’s Recall

House lawmakers are pressing Kellogg’s Co. for more information on the company’s recent 28 million box recall of Corn Pops, Honey Smacks, Fruit Loops, and Apple Jacks cereals. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Bart Stupak (D-MI), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, sent a letter… Continue Reading

Kellogg’s Blames Elevated Hydrocarbons for Recall

An aromatic hydrocarbon called methylnaphthalene is present the substance giving off the unpleasant odor in the packaging of some recalled Kellogg’s cereals. The Battle Creek, MI-based company recalled some 28 million boxes of Froot Loops, Honey Smacks, Apple Jacks, and Corn Pops on June 28 for an “off flavor and smell” from the packaging. On… Continue Reading

Malt-O-Meal Salmonella Outbreak

Editor’s Note:  This is the eighth installment in a ten-part series on meaningful foodborne illness outbreaks. For several years, cereal in a bag poised a silent danger to consumers.  It was infecting people with Salmonella Agona.  An outbreak involving a well-known brand name distributed throughout the country proved once again that America’s food supply was… Continue Reading