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celbel

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  1. Thank you, this is great stuff! I do wish other companies were this responsible and attentive about our concerns.
  2. Lisa, I appreciate that you have posted this letter, but I also note that it is already two years old. The email I received from ConAgra is only two days old and implies that they can hide barley ingredients because barley is not a "top 8 allergen". I found the tone of their reply to me not only evasive, but also enormously condescending. I, for one, will no longer allow any products from ConAgra - with all of its mystery ingredients - anywhere near my home.
  3. I have been on a gluten-free diet for the last five weeks. I'm still learning too many things the hard way. Last Friday, my DH did the grocery shopping and brought home a Healthy Choice Cajun Style Chicken and Shrimp dinner because he thought it might be safe for me. Wheat is not listed anywhere on the label, but I've read that celiacs should be wary of "flavorings" or "natural flavorings". So I sent a brief email to ConAgra foods, asking if there is any type barley or malt ingredients present in any their flavorings. This is the response I received: Dear -----, Thank you for your request for more information about the ingredients in our products. We comply with Federal regulations for allergen labeling. These regulations require all major food allergens to be listed in plain language on the ingredient list, and/or be noted in plain language in a 'Contains' statement appearing just after the ingredient list. For consistency, ConAgra Foods always uses the 'Contains' statement. The allergens we list will include any of the eight major food allergens that are used in ConAgra Foods products. The major food allergens as defined by regulation are Crustacean Shellfish, Egg, Fish, Milk, Peanut, Soy, Tree Nuts, and Wheat. Allergenic ingredients will be listed in the ingredient statement and will be noted in the Contains statement if they are included in flavorings or spice mixes. Please keep in mind that product formulas do change occasionally, so it is important to read the ingredient statement each time you purchase the product. ConAgra Foods would like to help you with this request to the best of our ability. However, because the information you have requested is considered to be proprietary and a trade secret of ConAgra Foods, we are unable to supply this information. If you have any allergen concerns outside of the Top 8 Food Allergens, we recommend you do not consume the product and consult your physician. We appreciate your patronage and value our consumers. We hope you will continue to enjoy our line of quality food. Sincerely, ------ Consumer Affairs Ref: #####