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#1 gf4life

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Posted 20 February 2004 - 02:02 PM

I found out some pretty frightening information last night. It came in an e-mail about a gluten free product I had asked about. This proves that we can't always trust the labels, either.

The FDA allows you to "run out" your labels though, because it's too expensive to throw away preprinted labels.


This means that if a company starts adding a gluten ingredient, they don't have to change the label until they run out of old ones! Thats scary. I wonder if that applies to the common allergens like wheat, dairy, nuts etc.

Just thought I'd pass on the warning.

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Posted 20 February 2004 - 06:07 PM

Mariann, that is a very frightening thought!

On top of this I received a letter in the mail today regarding the email I sent to Congress about the food labeling. This is the highlight I would like to point out to each of you.

New labeling requirements could be very helpful to individuals suffering from severe food allergies, allowing them to avoid potential life-threatening illnesses.  However, I have reservations about the cost associated with imposing yet more new federal regulations on food manufacturers.


CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS????? I mean come on who gives a crap about what it would cost the food manufacturers?!?!?! I think OUR health is MORE important than that!!!!! I am so MAD right now :angry: I could scream!!!

I will be contacting this office personally and letting them know exactly how I feel. I think our government should be a little more concerned about the American people than the food manufacturers.

Sorry for the ranting I am just a little upset right now. :angry:
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Posted 21 February 2004 - 01:43 PM

You may be even more upset to learn that Congress is considering cutting wheat from the list of covered allergens in the food labelling bill. At least, this is what my representative wrote back to me when I sent her email supporting the cause.

Also, I understand that sugar corn pops will be adding malt to their cereal. It's not a great idea to eat cereals manufactured on shared lines, but for those who do, and who eat corn pops, you may wish to verify they are still gluten-free.
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Posted 21 February 2004 - 02:21 PM

What is wrong with these people, if they could only walk a day in our shoes...... ;)

Kelloggs Corn Pops has added "wheat starch" to their formula effective mid Jan 2004, so they are no longer safe for us anymore, not unless you can find the old formula still on the shelf, but I would be very leary now since I read what Mariann wrote about company's using their old labels till they run out.
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Posted 21 February 2004 - 02:38 PM

Wow thanks for the info...I was eating sugar pops daily when I was first diagnosed ( i miss my old cheerios) Now I usually eat oatmeal...I guess I stop the corn pops (no great loss - I might add- the stuff is not exactly healthy!)
Maybe we need to organize ourselves and all write to our congressmen and women!
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Posted 21 February 2004 - 05:16 PM

Maybe we need to organize ourselves and all write to our congressmen and women!


http://www.glutenfre...p?showtopic=240

Use the link above to find the post that will let you do just that! Jessica (angel_jd1) is very good at keeping this going. We all need to do our part to get the labeling laws secured for the benefit of those current on the gluten-free diet and those to come!

As for the corn pops, I would check the manufacture date, instead of the ingredients list, if you still are interested in eating them. Anything before January 2004 should be okay.

God bless,
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Posted 21 February 2004 - 05:55 PM

Thanks! I went to the site you mentioned above and sent off my email letters! So easy to do, with the letters preprinted all you have to do is put in your name and press send. I hope I'm not too late....Sara
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Posted 22 February 2004 - 06:32 AM

I sent my letters off too, a big THANK YOU to whoever set it up to make it so easy :D

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Posted 06 March 2004 - 12:05 PM

I was told that hydrogenated soy bean oil is really bad for peeps with celiac disease. is regular soy bean oil bad for peeps with celiac disease to?

tell me know! Thanx!
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Posted 17 March 2004 - 01:50 AM

hello all,

i'm surprised at a lot of these responses. in the UK the EU food labelling directive is being revised at the end of 2005 where upto ten allergens must be listed on labels of every food product. these allergens will include, gluten, milk, eggs, nuts, sesame seeds, celery, soya and a few others.

they are also changing some of these current rules regarding food labelling. at present a rule known as the 25% rule is in force. this states that any ingredient that makes up less than 25% of the overall product does not have to be listed in the ingredients. thankfully this rule is now being abolished and all ingredients of what ever quantity must be listed from the end of 2005.

its frightening to think that these rules are not going to be renowned worldwide, especially when travelling to foreign countries. i guess an extra suit case for my travel pasta will always be part of my luggage!
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Posted 01 April 2004 - 12:47 PM

Malto-meal corn pops have no ingredients in them that I can see that would contain gluten...however, I didnt have a good reaction to them, so proceed with caution. I figured perhaps cross-contamination? Of course, I've only been doing this for a few weeks and I have my good days and not so good days, and it could have been anything.
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Posted 01 April 2004 - 03:48 PM

YIKES!!!!!
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Posted 26 April 2004 - 04:51 AM

Is Post Fruity Pebbles gluten free?
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#14 gf4life

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 07:11 AM

YES they are! The Post Cocoa Pebbles are also gluten-free.

Malt-O-Meal Cocoa Dino-bites and Fruity Dino-bites are also both gluten-free.

God bless,
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Posted 26 April 2004 - 07:24 AM

Mariann,
Thanks for the information. I have been calling so many manufacturers at this point. I have never heard of the Malt brand. I live on the East Coast. Is that something you can get at Wal-mart or is that a gluten-free brand name. :D
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