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Feb 11, 2015 • By

New gluten-free choices from Big G

A simple change means more people eating gluten-free foods will soon be able to enjoy their favorite kind of Cheerios again.

Beginning in July, five Cheerios products will be going gluten free: Original Cheerios, Honey Nut, Multi-Grain, Apple Cinnamon and Frosted.

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“This is exciting news for the cereal category, probably the biggest news since our commitment to whole grain in every box,” says Jim Murphy, president of our Big G cereal division. “We know there are many consumers – as much as 30 percent in the U.S. – who avoid gluten. And, people are looking for more gluten-free options for cereal so it’s important that we make these five varieties of gluten-free Cheerios available.”

So, how can these cereals now be labeled gluten free?

We’ve developed a way – years in the making – to sort out the small amount of wheat, rye and barley in our supply of whole oats that are inadvertently introduced at the farms where the oats were grown, or during transportation of the whole oats to the mill.

This ensures that the oats used for Cheerios allow us to meet the FDA’s strict guideline for gluten free.

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Jim says the five gluten-free Cheerios products will have the same great taste they do today. Only Multi-Grain needed to be reformulated, because they contain wheat and barley (which will be replaced with sorghum and millet).

The gluten-free Cheerios products will be clearly marked for consumers.

Again, you’ll start seeing them on the shelves in July.

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  • zeenaz

    Thank you Cheerios for going gluten free! I loved you as a kid but since being diagnosed with celiac disease, I had to give you up. I am excited to eat you again!

    • Sam

      Sorry but Cheerios are not actually safe for celiacs or those that are very sensitive to gluten. Even if you can eat GF oats, they aren’t using oats that are actually gluten free. They remove MOST of the gluten but now the government allows them to call it gluten free if it contains only a small amount… so how much is that 20ppm? A grain of wheat or barley in each bowl of oats. Fine for those who are only a little sensitive, but not for celiacs. The gluten free labeling is misleading and dangerous. Apologies for the news :/

  • Jane Blasser

    According to my son’s doctor, approximately 6% of celiac patients are also sensitive to a protein in oats similar to gluten. Will there be any gluten free Cheerios variety not made with oats? Many celiac patients are not allowed to eat oats until proven not sensitive to oats. My 8 year old is one of these. He would love to eat Cheerios again, especially the fruity ones…. thank you!

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      Hi Jane,

      Thanks for reading our blog. All of our Cheerios varieties that are going gluten free will still contain oats.

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

    • Lisa Ann Rotella Skowronski

      Its called Avenin and some celiacs tolerate it, some do not. I do not..ugh

  • sans gluten

    Very curious about this sorting process. I don’t know if I’ll personally go back to eating Cheerios without hearing more about the process, but I’m very happy that we’ll be able to give our newborn some as a snack without bringing glutens into the house very soon. Can you find a way to make Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Lucky Charms GF? 😉

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      Thanks for reading this post. Through a proprietary mechanical method, we now have the ability to remove the wheat, rye and barley from the oats. This is something we have worked on developing for several years and this sorting process ensures that the oats in our Cheerios products are gluten free.

      No news to pass along on other brands at this time, thanks again!

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

      • http://followingjesus87.wordpress.com/ Stacey Patrick

        Can you describe this process ” to remove” wheat, rye, and barley from the oats?

        • Mimi Krebotchnik

          Yes, I too am curious about the process used to “remove” wheat, rye and barley from oats when oats already grow free of these other grains. Wouldn’t it just be easier to make the recipes without the other grains?

          • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

            Hi Mimi,

            Oats from the farm fields that supply us typically also contain small amounts of wheat, rye and barley. We are now able sort that out. Learn more, here: http://www.cheerios.com/GlutenFree/

            Kevin Hunt
            General Mills

  • shay

    so will all the new flavors be made in a gluten free facility ? or will the cereals be made in the same machines u make regular cereals ?

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      Hi Shay,

      Thanks for visiting our blog. Whenever we manufacture gluten-free products, we take specific steps to ensure that the process and equipment used does not provide any opportunity for gluten or gluten-containing ingredients to get into our products. General Mills has stringent programs and precautions in place to ensure the product meets gluten-free requirements.

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

  • http://www.nikkfolts.com/ Nikk Folts

    Thank you! It really really really means a lot!

  • Gluten Dude

    Hi folks. Kudos to you for your efforts to help the celiac community. I run a blog about living with celiac disease over at glutendude.com. I would LOVE to learn more about your process of eliminating the gluten from the oats and share it with my audience. Please contact me through my website if you’re game. Many thanks.

  • Anne M. Clemmer

    How long before they come out in Canada?

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      Hi Anne,

      Health Canada is in the final stages of reviewing new labeling regulations that would allow oats to be labelled “as gluten free oats” when properly handled. If the new regulation is approved, we’ll update appropriate the Canadian Cheerios packaging to include Gluten Free messaging.

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

      • LG

        HI Kevin,
        The product now in Canada (as of Oct 2015) – is it the same formulation as what is being sold as GF in the US? Even if the Canadian packaging still declares ‘wheat starch’, is it really in the formula?

  • Stacey

    I must say as excited as I am to be able to eat GF Cheerios, I am concerned with a process that supposedly filters the other grains out. Why not use certified GF oats? That way we can be 100% sure they are safe. For someone with Celiac Disease, I am concerned.

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      Hi Stacey,

      Thanks for finding our blog post. This sorting process ensures that the oats in our Cheerios products are gluten free. The oats will be processed in a dedicated gluten-free facility. Production locations also ensure that no cross-contact can occur during manufacturing and/or packaging. All General Mills products labeled as “gluten free” meet the FDA standard. Thanks again for your interest in the gluten-free Cheerios line!

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

    • Sam

      FDA standards of “gluten free” means they only contain a little gluten… so for celiacs and those very sensitive, no they are not safe.

      • Verushka

        Hi Sam,

        I have celiac too and the FDA standard also applies to any other processed product you would buy labeled as gluten free, so unless you avoid anything processed and are just eating whole foods you are always eating a little gluten.

  • Rosejamesbrown Godfatherofsoul

    Thank you so much! I love the Cheerios! You have made my life time ! When they come out I will buy every box in my area ! Thank you thank you thank you ! And yes Lucky Charms would be amazing too ! But Cheerios are my favorites!

  • Songahm Lady

    This is exciting news. My boys, who must eat gluten free, want to know when the Chocolate and Fruity varieties will be gluten free. Thank you.

  • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

    Hi Erin,

    Thanks for reading this post. Whenever we manufacture gluten-free products, we take specific steps to ensure that the process and equipment used does not provide any opportunity for gluten or gluten-containing ingredients to get into our products.

    We’ve developed a way to sort out pieces of wheat, rye and barley from the oats, to make a gluten free oat flour that leads to a gluten-free Cheerios product. General Mills has stringent programs and precautions in place to ensure the product meets gluten-free requirements.

    As for your comment about people with a reaction to oats, I will pass that along to the Big G team.Thanks again for reading our blog.

    Kevin Hunt
    General Mills

    • Julie Swanson Nolan

      I question the process because you are doing this based on size, but are you eliminating the biggest or the smallest, because there can always be unusually small pieces of wheat, rye and barley…

  • FABLEHILL

    This is great news..unless the boxes are 10 oz and cost $7. Cheerios have a name for quality and low price. Please don’t upcharge for the GF label.

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      There will not be any price changes on Cheerios as a result of the change to gluten free.

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

  • BLT

    Awesome news. Thanks!

  • Rebecca Johnson

    finally i get to have Cheerios again….yahoo

  • AlCat

    How will this change the nutritional content per serving? I am concerned about getting enough fiber, as a non-celiac patient.

  • Liz

    On the original Cheerios ingredients list, wheat starch is listed as an ingredient. Is this going to be a changed ingredient within the recipe, or is this merely accounting for the cross-contamination and therefore will be removed from the list when the new processes take effect? Thank you in advance.

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      Hi Liz,

      Thanks for your interest in the gluten-free Cheerios, and reading our blog post about them. For the last several years, we have been moving away from using wheat starch in Cheerios. We are now at a point where we are able to remove it from the ingredient list completely.

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

      • Val

        Doesn’t removing the wheat starch count as a recipe change? It keeps being reiterated that there’s no recipe change required for most of the varieties, so when I look at the current ingredients and see wheat starch, its very confusing and concerning.

        • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

          Hi Val,

          I spent some time looking into this for you. Due to the allergen concern over wheat, even when present at low levels, we would label this in the ingredient declaration. We have been able to eliminate the minor levels of wheat starch in the product and with our new gluten free sorting process can ensure there is no need to include wheat starch on the label.

          Kevin Hunt
          General Mills

  • Susan

    I’m excited about the gluten free Cheerios, my favorite and the one thing I still miss after 16 years of being gluten free. I’m in Texas visiting my in-laws and so far have made them Betty Crocker’s gluten free chocolate cookies and gluten free bisquick pancakes, they loved them and couldn’t tell the difference. Thank you General Mills! You rule!

  • Eleanor

    Thank you a hundred times thank you!!!

  • Lauren J.

    I have one concern about this. It is that you are not use oats that were grown to be gluten-free instead are trying to remove the gluten cross-contamination. Will you be able to label this food “certified gluten-free?” If not than you will still not be helping many gluten-free people. As I have celiac disease and am militant about the foods I eat. If you cannot certify this product gluten-free than I and many others will most likely not buy or eat your product.

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      Hi Lauren,

      Thanks for reading “A Taste of General Mills.” The gluten-free stamps or certifications you might see on other products are from private third party organizations, not the FDA. The private third party criteria may vary from organization to organization, but ultimately all products that are labeled as gluten-free must meet FDA standards. All General Mills products that say gluten free on the package meet all applicable gluten free safety and regulatory standards of the FDA, which includes less than 20 parts per million of gluten in any product.

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

      • SLN

        This is great news….now when they are organic or non-GMO I will buy them.

  • Amanda Latham Jackson

    Yay! Thank you general mills! Now I can enjoy snack time again with my infant..Go Cheerios!

  • Storm Cat

    I just heard about this through another Facebook page and had to come and see for myself… I grew up with Cheerios, but at the age of 44, was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance and had to leave them behind… You all have just made my day!!! I can’t wait to have those cheery O’s back in my bowl!! Thank you for taking the time and money to make this transition!!!

  • Christi Fey

    hello, will they also be soy free?

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      Hi Christi,

      I checked with the Big G team on this. Yellow box Cheerios currently are not labeled as containing any soy ingredients, so we don’t anticipate this will change when they are labeled gluten free. Thanks for reading our blog!

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

  • Cher Patience

    THANK YOU General Mills!!! I’m so excited for this! Before my daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease almost 6 years ago (she was 4), this was our breakfast 95% of mornings, just regular original Cheerios. We love the taste, and as mom, I of course love the wholesome goodness. The off brand gluten free copy cats that aren’t made with oats are NOTHING like them. We tried them once and threw the rest of the box away. We’ve been so wishing you’d do this! Thank you thank you

  • Penny Komusin Sharpe

    This information says that you are removing the only source of gluten in your cheerios by filtering the oats but ingredients listed on cheerios include wheat starch. I also remember that some products contain malt. Will those be eliminated as well?

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      Hi Penny,

      For the last several years, we have been moving away from using wheat starch in Cheerios .We are now at a point where we are able to remove it from the ingredient list completely. As for malt, it will not be in the gluten-free Cheerios. Thanks for reading our blog.

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

      • Cecile

        Hi Kevin, I’m not sure i got it straight, oats contain gluten, so avoiding contact with wheat, barley and rye, doesn’t change much if the main ingredient isn’t GF. How do you turn oats into GF oats?
        Thanks a lot for your help, Cecile

        • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

          Hi Cecile,

          Oats are inherently gluten free. But the supply of oats contain small amounts of wheat, rye and barley that are inadvertently introduced at the farm or during transportation which prevents the product from being labeled gluten free. General Mills developed a process to remove the small amounts of wheat, rye and barley from our supply of whole oats in order to ensure that Cheerios can be labeled gluten free.

          Kevin Hunt
          General Mills

          • http://because-gustave.com/ Cecile

            Thanks Kevin, i got mislead by an accronym to remember which cereals contain gluten (in French) ! I’ve just posted an article on my webesite for gluten free people in France, talking about your new range, hope you read French 😉 it’s on http://www.because-gustave.com

  • Nancy Foye

    OMG YOU HAVE MADE MY DAY!!! We have 3 family members (and counting) that are diagnosed with CD. My youngest 2.5 years old is ALWAYS asking for Cheerios. Being so sad that we cannot eat them, I decided to look online and ask General Mills if they would consider making a GF version of Cheerios. And guess what I saw. GF CHEERIOS COMING IN FALL 2015!!!!!!! THANK YOU for answering my prayers!!!

  • Debbie

    Thank You for continuing to produce more and more product gluten free! Is there any chance General Mills will start packaging the small individual boxes of their Gluten Free product? They would be nice to have when traveling. Thank you

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      I’ll pass along that suggestion to the Big G team!

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

  • Deborah

    This is awesome news! I had to go gluten free in October due to Lyme Disease induced gluten intolerance. A staple in our house on movie nights is Hot Buttered O’s. I still make them for the kids but have truly missed them. Thanks for making this possible again in July 2015!

  • kangel307

    Thank you so much for allowing me to “share” snacks with my three and one year olds who do not have celiac disease like mommy :) I am not only excited to have this as an option after all these years, but I am also super excited to have a way to avoid saying “mommy can’t have that” :) Great work and thank you!

  • Kelly Griffin

    I am more than excited about this! Cheerios has been and remains to be my favorite cereal, and I am now 41 years old!! I was diagnosed as gluten sensitive, and miss my favorite cereal. Kudos to General Mills for taking this step for those who love Cheerios!

  • Steve

    Gluten sensitive here. It helps me prevent arthritis pain and helps my son maintain control (autism). Thanks for giving us more options!

  • NLGoed

    This is great. I love the brown rice krispies and the Chex and now Cherrios! Problem though: I can’t find them in Austin Texas! Where will they be? HEB and Randall’s and others don’t carry. What do we do??

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      No Cheerios in Austin?! Always a good idea to ask the store, as they manage their supply on the shelf. Thanks for reading our blog!

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

      • NLGoed

        I have asked both H-E-B and Randall’s and they don’t carry either. You guys have a huge GF market down here and you have to get your sales folks to make sure that they begin to stock. I miss getting as I came from Mpls and would promote thru the many blogs…

  • wendy

    Will the new methodology be applied to Cheerios sold in Canada even though the new regulations may not be in place by July? Thanks.

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      Hi Wendy,

      The oats in our Canadian Cheerios (original Cheerios in the yellow box, Honey Nut, Multi-Grain, and Apple Cinnamon) are identical to the U.S. products. Health Canada is in the final stages of reviewing new labelling regulations that would allow oats to be labelled “as gluten-free oats” when properly handled. If the new regulation is approved, General Mills will update Canadian Cheerios packaging to include Gluten free messaging.

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

  • C2K

    Thank you thank you thank you thank you!! I hope this will inspire other lines of naturally gluten free products by General Mills as well as other manufacturers.

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      Thanks, glad you like the move to gluten free!

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

  • http://followingjesus87.wordpress.com/ Stacey Patrick

    Wonder what about nut cross contamination… :/…. I long for “Honey Nut” cereals to go gluten and nut free (not that impossible…). Thanks Cheerios. Just hope it’s not made in a nut facility, or I will keep missin’ out…

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      Thanks for reading the blog, Stacey. Whenever we manufacture our products, we take specific steps to ensure that the process and equipment used does not provide any opportunity for cross-contamination. General Mills has stringent programs and precautions in place.

      Thank you!

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

  • Nancy

    What about the next best step: being GMO free? Is that ever going to happen with apple ciinnamon and the honey nut flavors?

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      Hi Nancy,

      Yellow-box Cheerios are non-GMO. I’ll pass along your feedback on the other varieties.

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

  • dvidal

    I am very excited to be able to eat cheerios again. My question to you is will they be free of corn syrup too? Thank you for all your efforts.

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      Thanks for stopping by our blog. There is no corn syrup in Cheerios.

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

  • disqus_xqtuIdvO0B

    Hi _ We are so excited that Cheerios are going GF. Thank you! My 2 celiac kids will be so excited. I understand you’ll be ‘sorting’ out the oats but will you be testing your products also to ensure that they are gluten free to less than 20 ppm? Thank you!

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      Hello… Yes, our testing will ensure that the oats in Cheerios are
      gluten free, and meet all applicable gluten free safety and regulatory
      standards of the FDA, which includes less than 20 parts per million of gluten.

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

  • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

    Hi Malcolm,

    Glad you are a Cheerios fan! No email notification at this time. You should start seeing the boxes that are labeled gluten free as early as July. Thanks for reading our blog!

    Kevin Hunt
    General Mills

  • Susan Lyman

    Whoo Hoo to you General Mills, Cheerios. The Gluten-Free Market is continuing to grow, not only among those that suffer from Celiacs Disease but many who feel better living a gluten-free lifestyle. There is no better way to start your day than with Cheerios, and now our entire audience can enjoy them.
    Thank you,
    Susan Lyman
    Advertising Director, Delight-Gluten Free Magazine
    susan@delightglutenfree.com
    http://www.delightglutenfree.com

  • Jennifer Pesnell Buck

    Can’t wait!!

  • Bethany Ann Martin

    This is so exciting! I hope this will pave the way for more cereal varieties. I’d love to have more oat and corn based cereals back on the menu! Thank you General Mills! Cheerios are so nostalgic for many people; you’re going to make a lot of folks happy.

  • Mark Allen

    This is why I love General Mills! When I was first diagnosed with Celiacs disease they were the only major company that made gluten free cereals. Thank you for your continuing commitment of making excellent products!

  • Christina McDowell

    Wahoooo!!! Thank you! My 8 year old is so excited!!

  • Roslyn Brown

    Excellent! Love the Honey Nut Cheerios, but stopped eating them because I wanted to go gluten-free. So glad that GM is providing this option for those people who cannot/do not eat gluten products. Looking forward to enjoying a bowl of Cheerios with Almond milk in July. Thanks to all at GM.

  • Heather P

    My little boy is ready for a bowl TODAY. Can you tell me when I should see the Cheerios on the shelves in Louisiana or any surrounding states and I will drive to pick them up. FYI. My son’s 2 favorite ladies since his diagnosis: #1. Mommy #2. Betty Crocker. He loves the drop and bake cookies!

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      Hi Heather!

      Love your note about your son’s two favorite ladies! The gluten-free Cheerios will start showing up in July, but we can’t pinpoint it by location just yet. The distribution will be wider into August and September, as we get more of the new versions produced. Thanks for reading our blog!

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

  • T. Auer

    Thank you General Mills! My 11 year old son was just diagnosed with Celiac and we just did the happy dance in our kitchen after finding out that Honey Nut is going gluten free! He LOVES honey nut!! He eats a bowl every night before bed (as long as he finishes his dinner).

  • Nancy Goedeke

    I’ve said this before but we can’t get any of the gluten free GM products in Austin. I have asked the three major grocers and they still don’t carry. When can we get them down here and if not, how can I get them?

  • Grace

    I’m so excited to have cheerios again! Thank you General Mills! :)

  • Jennifer

    Thank you! We had to give up Cheerios several years ago after my three kids and I were diagnosed as gluten-sensitive. My ten-year-old daughter can’t even remember the taste of them. We will be so happy to have Cheerios back in our pantry. :)

  • Michelle Mandarano Rosipayla

    YIPEEE!!!! My kids have Celiac and are very excited for this to happen. They ask me all the time when they will be able to eat Cheerios again. Thank you!!!

  • savhsu

    So glad Cheerios will be GF! I’ve missed them. I am concerned with reports about the spraying of round-up on the crops used before harvest?

  • Betty

    I will be obsessively watching the shelves at my local stores to ensure our family can enjoy Cheerios again. I have a 4+ year old who has never had the joy of eating (playing with) Cheerios. Thank you, General Mills, for making this leap forward. Celiac sufferers already face challenges – this will make cereal buying an easier task!

  • http://PristinePhotography.ca Stephanie Pristine Lee

    I’m very interested in this! I saw you mentioned that once they regulate it in Canada you will be updating the information but before that happens, will it technically be available in Canada but just not labeled as GF?

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      Hi Stephanie,

      Sorry for the delay in my response. Best to look for the gluten-free messaging on the box, when that happens, so you will know for sure. Because unfortunately, we can’t pinpoint the distribution and inventory, which will vary by store.

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

  • D Fowe

    That is soooo awesome!!!! Thank you for doing this, I can’t wait to have Cheerios again!

  • Justin Eggleston

    Thank you Cheerios for going Gluten Free – Honey Nut Cheerios was the hardest thing for my now 8 year old daughter to give up when she was diagnosed with Celiac disease 2 years ago. Trix has become her stand in, but it’s not the same. I cannot tell you how excited she is that she will be able to eat them again! She cannot wait to have a bowl!!

  • Trenny Hammond

    Kevin, where can I send a photo to you that I snapped of my 16 year old celiac daughter when she saw the long awaited g-free Cheerios in our local grocery store? She was beyond thrilled!

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      Yes! Please send to contact.blog@genmills.com.

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

    • Heather P

      What city and grocery store did you find the gf Cheerios. We are searching everywhere for them for my son. Thanks! Heather

  • Lisa Ann Rotella Skowronski

    When and Where can I get a box…My son CANT WAIT!!!

  • Laurel White

    To quote Sonic the Hedgehog, “I’m waiting!” Still not seeing this in stores…

  • Kathryn

    Hi, thanks for this informational post! I am wondering what the ingredient “wheat starch” in Original Cheerios is — is it gluten free? Or will that be removed with the new Original Cheerios?

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Ashley Halladay

      Hi Kathryn,

      Due to the allergen concern over wheat, even when present at low levels, we would label this in the ingredient declaration. We have been able to eliminate the minor levels of wheat starch in the product and with our new gluten free sorting process can ensure there is no need to include wheat starch on the label.

      Ashley Halladay
      General Mills

      • Kathryn

        Wonderful! I love Cheerios and can’t wait to start eating them again. Thanks for the quick reply.

  • Christian Darcy

    Hi, what is the new availability date since July has come and gone. Both my son and I are celiac and we are eagerly awaiting the release in Canada. Will it now be the fall and can you be somewhat specific or does it all depend on the gov’t approval?

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      Hi Christian,

      Distribution varies, so we can’t pinpoint the shipments for you at this time. Health Canada is reviewing new labelling regulations that would allow oats to be labelled “as gluten-free oats” when properly handled. If the new regulation is approved, General Mills will update Canadian Cheerios packaging to include Gluten free messaging. The oats used in our Canadian Cheerios (original Cheerios in the yellow box, Honey Nut, Multi-Grain, and Apple Cinnamon) will be identical to the U.S. products.

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

  • Sylvia Knoblauch

    Thank you Thank you Thank you. My grandson who is 9 and has known he has celiac since he is 4 is so excited to be able to eat cheerios again. He would go through the grocery store saying I remember when they were my favorite cereal. It breaks my heart when he says things like this as I have to say no. I am so happy to see a company that is striving to make gluten free choices for people of all ages. Unfortunately I still have not been able to find them in stores. I look everytime I go grocery shopping for them and I will continue to do so..

  • Herman Montalvo

    Just polished off my first box of GF Clusters and they are Chexcellent!!!! Thank you for broadening your Chex line and now offering GF Cheerios!!! That box is in my pantry for my next meal (I run so cereal is my evening meal after a run – soothes my insides). Cheery-o!

  • Martha

    Oh my goodness Gluten free Cheerios!! They are delicious!! Thank you for recognizing the Celiac and gluten sensitive community!

  • Mary Kelly

    I have been eating Cheerios for breakfast for years. My cholesterol stays within normal limits. The doctor says, I never have elevated CCholesterol.

  • traci

    Thank you for making strides to accommodate those who need a gluten free diet. My concern is that if you are sifting the other grains out, the oats are still cross contaminated so are therefore NOT gluten free. Can you clarify please?

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      Hi Traci,

      Thanks for reading our blog. After we sort the oats, we’re then able to proceed with making gluten-free oat flour, shipped to our plants to make the GF cereal that exceeds the FDA’s guideline to be labeled GF. We test all along the process. Hope that helps clarify. You can learn more here: http://www.cheerios.com/GlutenFree/

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

  • Alice Holzer Gordezky

    I can’t believe I can eat Cheerios again! My daughter just called me to let me know that she just bought a box of honey nut cheerios and they are gluten free!
    Thank you sooooooooooo much!!!

  • MabeeA

    It’s stupid how excited I am!! I found this post through the Lucky Charms Going Gluten Free post but I have been a lifelong fan of cheerios. I will be watching my store shelves!!

  • Emily Claire

    What stores in IL are selling gluten free Cheerios right now?

  • Jenny Ann

    Thank you so much General Mills! I have Celiac disease so finding cereals that actually taste good and are affordable can be difficult to say the least. I was at the grocery store the other day when I saw “gluten free” on a box of Honey Nut Cheerios. I am not ashamed to say I screamed with joy and scared several people in the aisle :) I LOVE Cheerios and am so happy to be able to eat them again. I will pass this information on to all of my friends!

  • AmericaTheBroken

    I am so excited to read this news! I have been gluten free for over 30 years and am so happy to be able to finally eat Cheerios!

  • Rise Adams

    What a wonderful thing this company has done! My granddaughter with celiac now feels like a regular child! There are so many things she hasn’t had for so long! It is so hard to have to buy food different for ones that are sensitive. Thank you!

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Ashley Halladay

      Rise,

      We love hearing stories like this! We are so happy that so many people with Celiac disease can now enjoy Cheerios!

      Thank you for reading our blog!

      Ashley Halladay
      General Mills

  • Laura

    Great News! What if we have allergy to peanuts? I hear you have a peanut flavored cereal. Are these gluten free cereals safe for someone with peanut allergy? Also dairy?

    • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

      Hi Laura,

      Thanks for the question. We label for both Dairy and Peanut as part of our allergen labeling policy. If one of our products contains Dairy or Peanuts, we will list for it in our “Contains Statement” and the ingredient listing. If the product does not contain Dairy or Peanuts, but could have come in contact with these allergens, then we would list for it in our “May Contains” statement. For more information on how we label for allergens, please see our Allergen Labeling Policy: http://www.generalmills.com/en/News/Issues/food-allergy-statement

      Thanks for reading our blog!

      Kevin Hunt
      General Mills

  • http://blog.generalmills.com Ashley Halladay

    We have not changed the base price of Cheerios. However,
    it’s possible some retailers may have made a decision to adjust their cereal
    prices.

    Ashley Halladay
    General Mills

  • http://blog.generalmills.com Kevin Hunt

    Hi Jenn,

    The oats used in our Canadian Cheerios (original Cheerios in the yellow box, Honey Nut, Multi-Grain, and Apple Cinnamon) are identical to the U.S. products. But it’s best to look for the gluten-free messaging on the box, so you will know for sure. Because unfortunately, we can’t pinpoint the distribution and remaining inventory of older product, which will vary by store.

    Kevin Hunt
    General Mills

  • citrus

    Great!!!! Please make the Cheerios Protein gluten free as well????

  • eric

    If GM has truly developed a way to remove wheat reliably, it would be a great thing for them to openly share the process with the world. This would help a lot of people while also allow skeptics to review the method. Such would mean that GM would be greatly appreciated (and sales rise) while avoiding a possible ‘kink’ in the process accidently afflicting people negatively and causing the reputation of GM to be severely hurt.

  • Beth Bradford Maples

    What is the point of this blog if you’re not going to let us know that THERE IS A RECALL??? Do you people have any idea what those of us with gluten issues go through?? Actually, I’ll answer that: NO. HIRE SOMEONE who has gluten allergies, feed him/her you’re “gluten free” Cheerios processed in Lodi, and see what happens. You’ll know within two days if your cereal is gluten-free or not. Do you think this is a joke? I sent you my comment just a little more than 24 hours ago, and lo and behold, I see on the news just now that there’s a recall of the very stuff I told you about. Yet you did not have the decency to respond to me. Sorry I bothered you, GM, I will never … EVER … buy another General Mills product, and believe me, I’m sharing my story. I hope you don’t kill someone with your “gluten-free” cereal, but if you do, I will be the first one lining up in their corner.

  • Karen Solverson

    I was sick for four days from the batch 04JUL2016. I won’t be trying any GF Cheerios again unless made in a dedicated facility. Thanks for trying, General Mills, but even a little gluten is too much.