If the good ‘ole folks at Cheerios want to say their whole grain bundles of cheer are “clinically proven to lower cholesterol,” they better check with FDA first. The FDA told General Mills that the labeling on Cheerios boxes is in “serious violation” of federal rules. From the letter:
Written by Dignan
Based on claims made on your product’s label, we have determined that your Cheerios® Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal is promoted for conditions that cause it to be a drug because the product is intended for use in the prevention, mitigation, and treatment of disease. Specifically, your Cheerios® product bears the following claims ort its label:
- “you can Lower Your Cholesterol 4% in 6 weeks” “
- Did you know that in just 6 weeks Cheerios can reduce bad cholesterol by an average of 4 percent?
- Cheerios is … clinically proven to lower cholesterol. A clinical study showed that eating two 1 1/2 cup servings daily of Cheerios cereal reduced bad cholesterol when eaten as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol.”
These claims indicate that Cheerios® is intended for use in lowering cholesterol, and therefore in preventing, mitigating, and treating the disease hypercholesterolemia. Additionally, the claims indicate that Cheerios® is intended for use in the treatment, mitigation, and prevention of coronary heart disease through, lowering total and “bad” (LDL) cholesterol.