MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A food watchdog group is suing General Mills for using misleading packaging on its “Cheerios Protein” product.
The Star Tribune reports that the Center for Science in the Public Interest sued the food company because the cereal does not contain that much more protein than regular cheerios.READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: UK Variant Outbreak Linked To Youth Sports In Carver County, Officials Recommend 2-Week Pause
“Rather than protein, the principal ingredient that distinguishes Cheerios Protein from Cheerios is sugar,” The Star Tribune reported CSPI stating in the suit.READ MORE: More Than 1 Million Wisconsin Residents Have Been Vaccinated
In a press release, General Mills said that while they don’t normally respond to allegations such as these they wanted to state that the allegations were incorrect. The press release from the company stated that Cheerios Protein has 18 more grams of protein than regular Cheerios.
The newspaper article states that CSPI said the extra protein comes from the larger serving size listed for Cheerios Protein over regular Cheerios – 55 grams versus 28 grams – not actual protein.MORE NEWS: Faces Of COVID: Daryl Kruger, 82, Loved His Grandkids And The MN Twins
General Mills stated the 18 grams accounted for the increased serving size.