Gluten-free Cheerios recall not for Canada

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Gluten-free Cheerios or Honey Nut Cheerios in bilingual English-French packaging aren’t affected by a recent recall over undeclared wheat ingredients, the cereal’s manufacturer says.

General Mills Canada said Wednesday that the products it sells in Canada aren’t included in the recall announced Tuesday in the U.S.

General Mills recalled several days of production of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios cereal made at its Lodi, California facility on certain dates in July and sold in the U.S., due to an “undeclared allergen,” namely wheat.

General Mills “did not ship these cereals to Canada” and General Mills Canada does not source its Cheerios from the Lodi plant, the company said Wednesday.

Canadian Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios cereals are made at a different facility not included in the recall. They can be identified by their “distinctive” bilingual cereal boxes, the company said.

Consumers who brought U.S.-made Cheerios into Canada can check the “better if used by” date on the package, General Mills said.

Recalled Honey Nut Cheerios have date codes between 12JUL2016LD and 25JUL2016LD, while recalled original (yellow box) Cheerios have date codes between 14JUL2016LD and 17JUL2016LD. — Network

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