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Cross-contamination In My Lentils!
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As I sorted through the Whole Foods 365 Organic lentils to look for stones etc, I found a grain of something - wheat or barley, it looks like. I debated picking it out and going ahead, but if there's one, there's gotta be more. Sure enough I found more. No notice on the package about shared equipment being a possible source of cross-contamination. Now it makes me wonder about their other products. Nothing like throwing out a brand new package of food. I e-mailed Whole Foods to tell them they need to label their packages better. Just thought I'd let people know in case anyone else has this brand.

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Oh my gosh, that's crazy, Lpellegr!

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Don't throw the food out...take it back for a refund!

Michelle

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Don't throw the package out - take it back to Whole Foods and get your $$$ back. They have a satisfaction guaranteed policy. I've taken back several supplements that didn't agree with me and got my money back without any hassle.

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That blows, definitely take it back, though, are you sure it wasn't possibly a grain of rice. Some rice types look very similar, though, in any event, there shouldn't be rice in their either(I don't eat Lentil soup, but I didn't think there was rice in it)

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I've had bad luck with the 365 Brand from Whole Foods. I've reacted to all that I've tried. One of the things that I reacted to--the almond butter--was tested through the University of Nebraska and showed that it was free of gluten BUT, they (Whole Foods) told me they only test down to 200 PPM.

I stay away from that brand.

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I've had bad luck with the 365 Brand from Whole Foods. I've reacted to all that I've tried.

That is very interesting - I had bought some 365 Brand millet and reacted to it - thought I was intolerant of millet, but perhaps it just was contaminated. I still have the package - I think it is time to get my $$ back!

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I have seen that too with other brands, and I wonder if it happens at the farm level (during harvesting on shared equiptment)

Sucks.

Sasha

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