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    About Leonesse

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    • Interests complementary / alternative healing, Reiki, Peruvian shamanism, intuitive development, animals, plants, rocks, Earth, Oneness, and the Shift. Gardening, singing, blues music, world music, and great coffee.
    • Location Seattle, WA, USA

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    1. Leonesse added a post in a topic Jack In The Box   

      August 24, 2011

      On their site, Jack in the Box lists their ingredients (as of Aug 24, 2011), which is marginally helpful as long as you know the chemical forms of hidden gluten. Note, however, the company does not say which ingredients might have come down gluten-contaminated production lines at their source. Cross-contamination in the restaurant could also be a big concern, as the teenagers are probably flopping the food around without the least thought of a crumb being dangerous.
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    2. Leonesse added a post in a topic Ghirardelli Chocolate   

      It would be so helpful if we each CAPITALIZED or ENLARGED THE DATE OF OUR POSTS, as the posts from several years ago are often inaccurate today. Unless a post is very recent, we just cannot assume it is true anymore. In fact, when I contact companies, I often learn old posts are not accurate.

      JUNE 24, 2011

      I received this response today from Ghirardelli, which I had read was a safe chocolate, was eating it (and as a result getting horrible confusion and poor memory, which is my primary reaction: 9 days of profound stupidity, missing appointments, etc.).

      The Ghirardelli company wrote:

      Thank you for contacting Ghirardelli Chocolate. Ghirardelli currently offers one product which contains an gluten ingredient. Our Luxe Milk Crisp Squares and Bars, containing barley malt as an ingredient. As a result, the line on which our chocolate bars and Squares are produced, share a common line with barley gluten.

      The chocolate chips (60% Bittersweet, Semi-Sweet, and Milk Chocolate) line and powder line (hot chocolates and baking cocoas) will remain free of gluten ingredients.

      Ghirardelli takes the following measures to reduce cross contamination on our production lines: lines are cleaned between the changing from one product to the next. The first two batches of any product made are disposed of and not packaged.

      Consumer Service

      Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
      1111-139th Avenue
      San Leandro 94578-2631
      +1 510 483 69 70
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    3. Leonesse added a post in a topic Tuna Fish   

      As of 6/10/2011, the Bumble Bee products are suspect until further notice. I just visited the company web site and on their FAQ page the question of gluten is addressed like this: "Most of our products are gluten free." But I can't find out which ones are safe to eat unless I write to them, because their contact info doesn't even include a phone number. There was a mention of wheat being listed, but then they put "(gluten)" after the word as if gluten only occurs in wheat, so I don't know if they even understand gluten.

      I was about to eat some of their premium light tuna in a pouch, which lists vegetable broth on the ingredient list, but I have read sometimes vegie broth includes gluten (ACK!!) or MSG (can you spell "headache?"). This is pretty inconvenient, I'm just returning it to the store and eating another brand willing to take our concerns more seriously.
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    4. Leonesse added a post in a topic List Of Companies That Always Disclose Ingredients   

      McCormick spices/extracts company does NOT guarantee to identify gluten, as of January 18, 2011 per their web site. The first two sentences make no sense after you read the last two sentences.

      Quote: None of our single ingredient spices and herbs contain gluten. In addition, all of our extracts, including Pure Vanilla, are gluten-free. Some of our products do contain gluten. When WHEAT is the source, it will always be called out within the ingredient statement, and listed in bold.
      We do not maintain a list of gluten-free products, as our formulas change from time to time.
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    5. Leonesse added a post in a topic Strattera   

      This list was last updated 9/14/2010:

      Strattera is listed as gluten free on that site. I don't know who puts out the list or how reliable it is. If anyone knows that, I'd like to find out.

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    6. Leonesse added a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & Medications   

      Safeway Will Email gluten-free List Of Store-brand Products
      I spoke with Safeway about their Safeway and Select brands today (which I find quite good), on 11/6/2009. The rep said gluten is one of the highest priority allergen labeling issues at Safeway. "If gluten is in there, it will be on the ingredient list," he said. He also offered to fax or email a list of their gluten-free store brand items within 24 hours.

      Cool! Now I can eat my Safeway Italian Sausage!
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    7. Leonesse added a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & Medications   

      List Of Gluten-free Foods From Seeds Of Change
      From their web site:

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    8. Leonesse added a post in a topic Is Melatonin Safe For Celiacs?   

      I take melatonin nightly (less than 3 mg, however, or I get a headache) and have for over a year with no known problems. I have more than one autoimmune disorder, but it seems to be fine. I buy a brand without gluten in the coating, however!
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    9. Leonesse added a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & Medications   

      Colgate Palmolive Products 3/11/2009
      I got this email response 3/11/2009:

      Thank you for contacting us with your question. We appreciate the opportunity to provide information regarding grain derived ingredients in Colgate Palmolive products.

      We do not intentionally add gluten to the following Colgate Palmolive products. However, we cannot guarantee that the ingredients used are not exposed to any glutens.

      Afta Shave products, all variants
      AJAX All Purpose Cleaner - Lemon and Ammonia
      AJAX Cleanser
      AJAX Dish Liquids - all variants
      Cashmere Bouquet Bar Soap
      Colgate Toothpaste, all variants
      Crystal White Octagon Lemon Dish Liquid
      DERMASSAGE Dish Liquid
      Gel-Kam Home Care Gel
      Irish Spring Bar Soap, all variants
      Lady Speed Stick Deodorants and Antiperspirants, all variants
      Mennen Speed Stick Deodorants and Antiperspirants, all variants
      MURPHY OIL SOAP - all variants
      Orabase Paste and Orabase Gel
      PALMOLIVE Bar Soaps, all variants
      PALMOLIVE Dish Liquids - all variants
      PALMOLIVE Gel Dishwasher Detergent
      Peroxyl Gel and Peroxyl Rinse
      Phos-Flur Rinse
      Prevident Gel
      Softsoap Liquid Soap, all variants
      Softsoap Body Washes, all variants
      TOTAL Floss
      Ultra brite Toothpaste, all variants
      Viadent Rinse
      Viadent Toothpaste

      Sorbitol is an ingredient which can be grain derived and may be found in toothpastes. Our sorbitol is corn-derived.

      Once again, thank you for taking the time to contact us. We hope this information is helpful.


      Georgenia R James
      Consumer Affairs Representative
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    10. Leonesse added a post in a topic Pasta/pizza Sauce   

      Unilever at Ragu sent me the following response on 3/10/2009:

      Thanks for writing!

      Common ingredients that may contain gluten are rye, wheat, oats and
      barley, and noodles and pasta prepared with any of the previously
      mentioned grains. HVP, TVP, flavorings, are likely to contribute gluten
      as well, however, if they contain any gluten, the source would always be
      listed in the ingredient statements.

      SINCE FORMULATIONS CHANGE FROM TIME TO TIME, we do not have a printed
      list of products that identifies those products that contain specific
      allergens or gluten. The best advice we can give you is to check the
      ingredient list on the label. Ingredients allergens as defined by FDA:
      peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish, seafood, wheat, eggs, and milk or dairy,
      as well as any ingredient that may contain gluten are always listed on
      the label.

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    11. Leonesse added a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & Medications   

      I contacted (a Johnson and Johnson web site) specifically about their Aveeno Ultra-calming Foaming Face Wash and asked it if contained oats (like most Aveeno products).
      Here is their response:

      In regard to your inquiry, we do not have a list of products that do or do not contain the ingredient you mentioned. If there are specific products you are interested in we would be glad to check on those products for you. [?!] Also at this time we only test for wheat gluten.
      [and make no claim on their products that they are wheat-gluten-free, apparently.]

      Again, thank you for your interest in our company. Should you have any comments or questions in the future, please contact us via our website or by calling our toll-free number, 1-888-638-5242. Our specialists are available Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM EST and will be happy to assist you.
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    12. Leonesse added a comment on a blog entry Red Robin   

      Red Robin will now print out a list of all gluten free options (updated monthly) for gluten free patrons. Their salmon burger in lettuce instead of bun is great! Be sure they leave the seasoning off those yummy fries!
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    13. Leonesse added a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & Medications   

      Lindt Chocolate's Definitive Response Of 2007
      This is cross-posted from another web site and dated Nov. 7, 2007.

      I contacted the Lindt company when i couldn't get direct information from them off their web site. Lindt chocolate is not gluten free.

      "Thank you for your response. Our products are not Gluten free because we use Barley Malt in all of our cocoa for the chocolate. We need our malt in a certain form and broken down using a specific process to adhere to the Lindt
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    14. Leonesse added a post in a topic Pacifica Soaps & Perfumes.....   

      Pacifica - on 2-26-09 - wrote me that all their products are gluten-free. Pacifica makes perfumes (solid and liquid), soaps, and candles - and they smell wonderful! I get them at Whole Foods, but Pacifica also has a web site. I did not ask whether they contain nuts.
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    15. Leonesse added a topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & Medications   

      Meds List - Helpful And Recent And Free On Line

      This is a helpful list. I checked it on 2/25/2009 and it was updated in late 2008. It names companies that claim all their products are gluten-free, and it lists products that are gluten-free, and it lists products that are questionable because of their ingredients.
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