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FDA Has New Reason You Can't Eat Cookie Dough

It's not the eggs this time, it's the E. coli-tainted flour

(Newser) - The FDA's latest kill-joy for thousands of kids (and their parents) who like to lick the bowl: Don't eat it . And not because of the raw eggs, which can be tied to salmonella poisoning, the Huffington Post notes. This time the culprit is raw flour, which has been... More »

General Mills Out With First New Cereal in 15 Years

Tiny Toast uses mini-toast pieces sprinkled with real fruit

(Newser) - The breakfast world hasn't seen a new cereal from General Mills since the turn of the millennium, but that's about to change. The food company known for Cheerios and Cinnamon Toast Crunch has announced that consumers will be able to pour milk later this month over Tiny Toast,... More »

General Mills Recalls 10M Pounds of Flour Over E. Coli Fears

38 people in 20 states have been sickened

(Newser) - General Mills is voluntarily recalling 10 million pounds of flour after 38 people across 20 states contracted E. coli, Food Safety News reports. The E. coli cases were reported between Dec. 21, 2015 and May 3, 2016. The recall includes Gold Medal, Signature Kitchens, and Gold Medal Wondra flour sold... More »

Honey Nut Cheerios Bee Disappears

It's for a good cause: to bring awareness to declining bee population

(Newser) - He's known for tempting our tummies with the taste of nuts and honey, but it looks like Buzz the bee (or, at least, the northern version of him) will be taking a temporary hiatus. The General Mills mascot used in promotions for Honey Nut Cheerios will be taken off... More »

1.8M Boxes of Cheerios Recalled

'Gluten-free' cereal actually has free gluten

(Newser) - General Mills is recalling 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced at a plant in Lodi, Calif., saying the cereal is labeled gluten-free but actually contains wheat. The recall affects Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios that were made in July. The Minneapolis company said Monday that... More »

Wheaties Beer Is Happening, People

General Mills teams up with Minneapolis brewery to concoct 'HefeWheaties'

(Newser) - These Wheaties may not be so good with milk. Wheaties says it's partnering with a craft brewery to create a limited-edition beer, though the 16-ounce cans will only be available in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market starting Aug. 26, according to Wheaties parent company General Mills. General Mills says the... More »

No More Artificial Colors in Trix

But cereal will still look the same. Sort of

(Newser) - Say goodbye to Red 40, Yellow 6, and Blue 1 in your Trix. General Mills is doing away with those and other artificial colors, plus all artificial flavors, in Trix, Cocoa Puffs, and Reese's Puffs cereals by the end of the year, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. But don'... More »

Fast Food's New Trend: 'Stealth Health'

Companies don't always tell us when our food gets healthier

(Newser) - In the minds of customers, healthy food often means less-tasty food. At the same time, however, many clamor for healthier options. All this puts restaurants and food makers in a bind—and the solution, the Wall Street Journal reports, is "stealth health." This refers to companies secretly improving... More »

New E-Cig Ruckus: Thin Mint, Tootsie Roll Flavors

Manufacturers not thrilled their brands being used in e-liquids

(Newser) - Owners of brands geared toward children of all ages are battling to keep notable names like Thin Mint, Tootsie Roll and Cinnamon Toast Crunch off the flavored nicotine used in electronic cigarettes. General Mills Inc., the Girl Scouts of the USA, and Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. are among several companies... More »

General Mills Does U-Turn on Right to Sue

Arbitration policy dropped after online outcry

(Newser) - You can still "like" Cheerios or Wheaties without losing any rights: After a huge social media outcry, General Mills has scrapped a controversial policy that appeared to strip consumers who engaged with the company online of their right to sue. The company says it is voiding terms that notified... More »

You're Apparently Not Allowed to Sue General Mills

Company updates its privacy policy

(Newser) - If you've "liked" a company on Facebook, downloaded its coupons, or really in any way interacted with it online, you might have inadvertently given up your right to sue it. The New York Times spotted new language in the privacy policy on General Mills' website indicating that customers... More »

GMO-Free Cheerios Have Fewer Vitamins

Same with Grape Nuts, says Food Navigator

(Newser) - The makers of Cheerios and Grape Nuts hope to win over health-conscious consumers by ditching genetically modified ingredients in their cereals. The problem is that Food Navigator read the fine print on the new boxes and found that each has fewer vitamins. With Cheerios, for instance, the cereal went from... More »

Now Defending Gay Marriage: Cheerios

General Mills' CEO declares company's opposition to gay-marriage ban

(Newser) - Politics may be coming to the cereal aisle. General Mills jumped into the gay marriage debate Wednesday, as CEO Ken Powell appeared at an LGBT pride event to declare the company's opposition to a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in its home state of Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star ... More »

Yoplait Pulls Ad Accused of Promoting Eating Disorders

Health group says plot is too close for comfort

(Newser) - There's healthy, and then there's insensitive, argues the National Eating Disorders Association. General Mills has pulled a Yoplait commercial that NEDA says promotes anorexia and bulimia, reports Huffington Post . The ad depicts a slim woman standing in front of a refrigerator while she justifies eating a slice of... More »

General Mills Slashes Sugar in Kids' Cereals

Cut affects Cocoa Puffs, Lucky Charms, 8 other breakfast treats

(Newser) - General Mills is bowing to consumer pressure and cutting the amount of sugar in all of its cereals aimed at children, the third time in three years the food giant has taken its sweet breakfast treats down a notch. The goal this time is bring the amount of sugar per... More »

Dow Up 57 on Housing Data

(Newser) - Markets were up today on a surging food sector and good data from the manufacturing and housing industries, the Wall Street Journal reports. A key manufacturing activity index jumped from May to June, and an indicator of pending home sales also climbed for the fourth straight month. Amid the gains,... More »

FDA Warns Cheerios to Ease Off Health Claims

(Newser) - The FDA has a message for Cheerios: You're a cereal, not a wonder drug. The agency says General Mills must tone down its health claims or risk having its product yanked off shelves, the New York Daily News reports. The cereal box makes all sorts of claims about lowering cholesterol... More »

Food Makers Tweak Recipes to Cut Costs

Hershey, others quietly substitute cheaper ingredients, fillers

(Newser) - Food manufacturers are adjusting their recipes to cut costs as ingredient prices climb, the Wall Street Journal reports. Hershey is replacing some of its cocoa butter with vegetable oil, while General Mills is dumping pecans for walnuts in one cookie. McCormick, McDonald's, and other companies are making similar moves. But... More »

Producers Quick to Pass Price Hikes Down Food Chain

Pricier grain, energy make everything more expensive, from cereal to meat

(Newser) - Soaring grain and energy costs are driving food prices skyward, and big producers are moving to pass price hikes down the food chain to consumers on everything from cereal to meat, the Wall Street Journal reports. And costs won’t likely decrease, with biofuel demand eating up more corn than... More »

Totino's and Jeno's Pizzas Recalled Over E. coli

(Newser) - General Mills today recalled 5 million frozen pizzas sold under the brand names Totino's and Jeno's because they have pepperoni that might be contaminated with E. coli. Health officials discovered the problem while investigating 21 E. coli illnesses in 10 states. They found that at least nine of those people... More »

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