Has anyone reacted to a Kellogg\'s cereal lately?

Posted on: Wed, 01/23/2002 - 8:58pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My son just experienced a reaction this past Monday after he woke up. He consumed a glass of milk and a bowl of Kellogg's Frosted MiniWheats. He doesn't eat this cereal everyday, but has eaten it frequently the past two years. He developed a rash with welts on his back, which progressed from his head to his toes. I suspect cross-contamination some how and we're looking into a few other things, but when I reported it to Kellogg's, they had no reports of reactions as of Monday. Mostly I'm concerned about peanuts, but my allergist is concerned about the glass of milk, which I would never suspect in a million years. My son consumes enough milk and milk products to keep our dairy farmers in business a long time. The allergist is doing a skin test Monday, and I'm a nervous wreck. What if it turns up positive and I have to tell my son, "Guess what. The doctor says you can't eat or drink milk products anymore." How do you explain that to a 5-year old who thrives on milk and cheese. I just don't know.

Posted on: Thu, 01/24/2002 - 9:53am
CVRTBB's picture
Joined: 11/23/2001 - 09:00

My son hasn't reacted recently but has had a bad reaction to Kelloggs cereal (several months ago). We no longer buy Kellogg's. They tried to tell me that there was no chance of cross contamination on the cereal that he ate ... but it was made in the same factory with pn cereals. If you do a search on Kelloggs there are codes on the top of the box that tell whether they were made in the peanut plant or non-peanut plant.
Hope this helps.

Posted on: Thu, 01/24/2002 - 12:11pm
BONNY's picture
Joined: 06/20/2001 - 09:00

My son also has had a reaction after eating Kelloggs Pokemon cereal. He was vomiting and holding his throat I called 911 he was fine when they got there , but I have to say he can be chokey at times because of pollen / other allergies so I sort of diden't know what to think and it was in the spring when he can be at his worst. I have seen him do something like that before but not as severe. I also called to check and was told pretty much the same thing as everyone else still I won't let him have it again

Posted on: Thu, 01/31/2002 - 3:09pm
ConcernedMom's picture
Joined: 01/31/2001 - 09:00

Ryan's Mom - just wondering how the milk allergy test turned out for your son.
I am taking my 18 month old to the allergist on Monday because I suspect a milk allergy. My pediatrician said as long as I am nursing him, I wouldn't be able to have milk products, either, if he is indeed allergic. I started reading labels, and yikes! There is milk or milk proteins in so many foods! And I can't imagine giving up chocolate and ice cream! Plus, I haven't found any website for milk allergies that is as good as this one is for peanut allergies. I hope your son's (and my son's) tests are negative!!

Posted on: Fri, 02/01/2002 - 12:06am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Ryan's Mom,
If your son's milk test comes up negative (I am keeping my fingers crossed), then please consider reporting this to the FDA. If you haven't already thrown the cereal out, keep it in case they want a sample.
The only way we are going to get these b@$%&*!) is by getting the FDA on their cases.
I really hope your son is not allergic to dairy. Please keep us posted.

Posted on: Fri, 02/01/2002 - 12:48am
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

in the uk the kellogs mini wheats and pokemon cereals are all labeled "nut traces" the only the plain kelloggs corn flakes are safe every thing else has a warning. Cereals are the one thing (well one of them) that really makes me fume, every single breakfast cereal aimed at children has nut traces or eggs in!!!

Posted on: Fri, 02/01/2002 - 6:40am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Thanks everyone for your input and concern. Unfortunately, the whole family ate the entire box of cereal in record time that morning--not a drop left in the box. Of course, Kellogg's was interested in examining the content of the box in their lab, and my son's allergist was interested in testing it at his office.
Thankfully (very thankfully!), a milk allergy has been ruled out. Therefore, we are back to the peanut allergen as the source of his reaction. At this point, with no sample for verification, we are very sure that the cereal was the culprit. Unfortunately, we can't prove it and how I wish we could. I don't think the FDA could do anything without proof. I keep asking myself why I had to eat the cereal that day--if I hadn't there most likely would have been some left.
Oh well, I'm adding Kellogg's to my s*** list.

Posted on: Fri, 02/01/2002 - 9:30am
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

This information refers to Kelloggs USA only. Kelloggs Canada does label their cereals if there is a risk of nut contamination.
For example:
Kelloggs Frosted Flakes, Cadbury Crunchie, Honey Rice Krispies all have the warning "may contain traces of nuts".. they are all made by Kelloggs Canada in London Ontario.
Too bad Kelloggs USA won't label properly.

Posted on: Fri, 02/01/2002 - 11:45am
SF's picture
Joined: 06/06/2002 - 09:00

ryan's mom: I am so sorry to hear about your sons reaction! We eat Kelloggs cereals all the time, and of course read every label.
Now that Kelloggs is out, what cereal do you feel comfortable with? Just looking to compare notes, my kids practically live on cereal as a snack!

Posted on: Sat, 02/02/2002 - 9:11am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

It's been so hard because, like you, we religiously read our cereal labels before opening the box and did so the morning he ate the cereal. Right now we're just sticking with 5 or 6 General Mills cereals and two Quaker cereals--Life and Corn Bran. What really scares me is that on those days when I've been too tired to make dinner, I'd take the easy way out and give them cereal. A lesson to be learned for me--don't open a new box of anything and feed it to my son two hours before bedtime--you just never know. What if he had a delayed reacton? The grandparents will be told that too, and his sleepover at their house has been delayed a couple of weeks so I can recover emotionally from this. Things get so difficult when it happens from eating a cereal which was "safe" for us for many years, and I'm feeling particularly guilty about not keeping up with the Kellogg's thread when it was a "front burner" issue.

Posted on: Sat, 02/02/2002 - 9:14am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Oh, almost forgot. Our General Mills cereals are Plain Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Wheaties, and Total Raisin Bran. There are a couple more, but I can't remember them right now.


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