Post Cereal Customers May Qualify for a Class Action Settlement Payout – No Proof of Purchase Required

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hand holding box of Honey Bunches of Oats cereal

Post cereal customers may be eligible to file a claim in a $15 million class-action settlement against the cereal company. Two consumers filed the class action lawsuit in 2016 alleging that Post labeled its products with claims that made the products seem healthy, when the products actually contained high added sugar content.

The company denies all allegations of wrongdoing and maintains that the claims on its packaging are true. It will, however, provide the monetary settlement and it has also agreed not to use certain statements on its labels through the end of 2022.


Honeycomb cereal

Anyone who purchased eligible Post Cereals between August 29, 2012, and November 2, 2020 may file a claim. The products included in the settlement include a variety of flavors and sizes of Post Bran Flakes, Post Raisin Bran, Honeycomb, Waffle Crisp, Selects, Honey Bunches of Oats, Honey Bunches of Oats Granola, Shredded Wheat, Great Grains, Alpha-Bits, and Golden Crisp. A complete list of qualifying products can be seen here.

Class Members submitting a valid claim form are expected to receive an average payment of $14.28, depending on the number of claims made and each claimant’s purchase history. Class Members who submit claims without proof of purchase will be subject to per-product caps based on an average use of four boxes per month. Claims submitted with proof of purchase will not be capped.

If you feel you qualify for a payment, your claim must be submitted online or postmarked by May 19, 2021. Head on over here for more information or to submit your claim online!


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Comments 21

  1. Genevieve

    Someone in our city just had to pay fines for filling these out falsely.

    • I eat Raisin Bran

      Without having to submit proof how did that work? Were they caught filling out multiple forms?

      • Genevieve

        Yes, I think they did it multiple times. I saw it on our community Facebook page.

  2. dalma

    I don’t have the receipt any more, but I have at least 10 boxes in my pantry. Better take a pic.

    • Laura

      The settlement is for products purchased through November 2, 2020. If you still have any that were purchased that long ago I wouldn’t imagine they are still good.

      • KellZoll

        Look at a box. it’s usually good for at least a year 🙂

  3. Beth

    Honey bunches of oats is one of my kids favorite cereal. They eat tons of it. We’ve been buying it literally for over 10 years on a pretty much monthly basis (multiple boxes every time I purchase.)

    • Jean

      It’s my favorite cereal too 😢

  4. shop4mybabies

    it really bothers me that i’d you’re buying cereal with the nutrition label clearly on it, you can then turn around and sue the manufacturer because you are what? ignorant? illiterate? I have probably had 200 boxes of post cereal over that time line, I will not be participating because i find it abhorrent.

    • Mandy

      I completely AGREE with you! In fact, I just went to the site to see what exactly happened, and it’s totally ridiculous that the best option in this situation “Plaintiffs allege they are unhealthy because of their added sugar. Post maintains that the statements on its cereals are true and that the Post Cereals are nutrient-dense, healthy foods. The Court has not determined whether Plaintiffs or Post are correct.” is to settle than to fight it through the courts. There hasn’t even been a ruling at this time. Such a sad time in which people and businesses are being destroyed due to foolishness!

      • susan-5

        I agree with you in theory. However, this type of lawsuit may bring about changes in the product. Cereal companies making truly healthier foods would be great. Instead of putting added sugar and salt into their products. We are not just in a Covid epidemic, but also an obesity epidemic. People now more than ever need to have honest labeling on processed foods. I am a nurse. I was surprised to read an article about why nurses are leaving the profession. Listed with the usual reasons, was a new one. That is patients are getting heavier and nurses are injuring themselves repositioning them. Obesity is a huge problem (no pun intended). Watching our calories and sugar intake is very important to our health and longevity.

        • Kath

          Totally agree with you that obesity and added crap in foods is a problem. I am a CNA and maneuvering larger people is not easy. Totally get that it takes a toll on the caregivers. I also am not adding my name although will admit our family has eaten this cereal and we have a current open box my teenage son ate 1 bowl this morning. This world has gone sue crazy.

          • susan-5

            Stay safe. I used to train CNAs in Pennsylvania. I was never more fit in my life. But seriously be careful and stay well. If you work in a nursing home, you are the direct bedside caregiver. So please take care. ☺️

        • Common sense

          So lets sue a company who offers other products like puffed rice that has virtually nothing in preservatives
          – people dont read (or want to) and nobody is forcing Anyone to eat their products
          Theres always Alternative go grown your own grains if you want zero preservatives if anyone things boxed food will have little to none preservatives good luck
          People like this is why their are warning label on peanutbutter may contain peanuts !
          Read read read and get some damn exercise pandemic caused obesity in certain terms cos the goverment were stupid how they handled it

    • faithanne

      Agree!

    • Jeaneane

      Yes…these class action suits make me sad! 😔

  5. PrincessMom

    We were on a kick with the raisin bran a few years ago and I went through a honey bunches of oats phase. I’m kind of torn…like, we definitely qualify because I bought a box a week for a couple of years but I didn’t buy it thinking anything about what it said on the box. (I mean, yeah, raisin bran is supposedly “healthier” than other cereals but that’s all we were thinking…) So I kind of feel like I shouldn’t file for part of the settlement. Thoughts??

    • Mag

      No, you shouldn’t. This whole settlement is ridiculous and uncalled for.

  6. Melissa Williams

    During this time period I probably purchased enough Honey Bunches of Oats to be awarded the entire settlement… hahaha. With that being said- No, I will not be filing a claim for this; it’s a ridiculous claim & I’m tired of everyone suing everyone over any & everything! One look at the nutrition facts & one taste of the cereal & you know it’s not “healthy”!!

  7. Shawna

    Why is there no more personal accountability? These lawsuits are ridiculous.

  8. Nae17

    Just because you may qualify doesn’t mean you should claim it. Silly lawsuits like this are what raise prices!!! And yes I’m sorry look at the nutrition label found ON the box.

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