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Hi is cornflour gluten free just bought a box from supermarket and it say's suitable for vegaterians but nothing about being gluten free but on list of ingrediants all it says is cornflour.. hope no one's thinking i'm being silly but this diet is a bit confusing and supermarket labeling is getting better but not every thing is marked up yet can any one help please thankyou :unsure:

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It's not a silly question....there are no such things as silly questions here since many of us started out not knowing what celiac disease or gluten was in the first place.

Stuff in your supermarket almost always will not mention that it's suitable for celiacs...you need to call to ask on most things. In the case of corn flour, however, being that it only has that one ingredient (corn), it is gluten-free.

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chelly1,

If you are in the UK, then cornflour is what we call corn (maize) starch and is gluten-free. In the US, cornflour is maize, milled to flour consistency. Nice for fried foods.

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:D thanks every one for your help this diet is confusing isn't it thanks again
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My only comment on this is that I have been buying corn flour for years - even prior to my husband being diagnosed with celiac disease. He noticed that perhaps certain brands could be cross contaminated as their packaging doesn't state GLUTEN FREE and they are:

Shiloh Farms

Bob's Red Mill

He had reaction from these...or we at least think these were the problem.

I use Ener-G Brand corn mix and use it in place of the corn flour in my receipe. It works the same as the above two.

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I have been using the Bob's Red Mill brand and didn't notice any problems with it. Then I read that it's not run on dedicated lines. But I have only had one package and maybe got lucky. I would love to find a brand that is run on dedicated lines.

Stephanie

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:huh: shopping for things is so hard, things u think are gluten-free turn out not to be or the other way around :) however my local supermarket sainsburys are getting so much better and have started to mark up a gluten-free label on all there products but i suppose this takes time so shopping is becoming easier :D but i still read all the labels i have found a few mistakes and had to telephone the head office to inform them and tell them how ill a simple mistake can cause a person with celiac disease ;) things are improving i think i'm just impatient thanks for all the handy hints on the cornflour i'm so glad i found this chat room its been so helpful at last people who understand :D
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cross contamination is a hard one to avoid, and I've been using Bob's stuff (the gluten-free ingredient items not produced in their gluten-free plan) without a problem, but some people do notice problems. it's not - by the anecdotal evidence - like the contamination problems that Arrowhead Mills was having (at least a little while ago) but still a risk.

if it's not specifically masa you're looking for, maybe home grinding is an option? (I don't know how to do the cooking in lime (not the fruit, the mineral) thing...)

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