Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

  • Announcements

    • admin

      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

Near East Rice
0

14 posts in this topic

I did a search on Near East products before consuming the Spanish rice pilaf I bought yesterday and came up with no complaints. I, however, have been experiencing gluten-like symptoms each time I consumed more portions of the product from the box I bought. I called the company and the customer service guy told me that while the products do not contain gluten ingredients, they are packaged and shipped with other grains. I told them they need to LABEL that sort of thing on their boxes and they are compensating my pain by sending me more coupons for their poorly labeled products. Hurray.

I guess not everyone reacts to their products, but perhaps I'm especially sensitive. Anyway, I'm hoping the next person who searches for information on Near East products will come across this and think twice before they eat it because I'm definitely having regrets.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

I'm not familiar with that particular product, but most rice pilaf that I am aware of contains small pasta's mixed with the rice.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No, this had no pasta or gluten ingredients, just cross contamination.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

THANK YOU!!! for the heads up! It was actually on my counter to make for dinner tonight. Weird sort of fate. I thought we'd try something new. We are super sensitive so I'm not taking any chances.

Jillian

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




I want to give an update on what happened with Pespico when I contacted them regarding proper labeling of this product. I am absolutely infuriated by these companies' ignorance of this issue!!

I called to inquire as to the handling of the product and was told that although there are no gluten ingredients (which I already knew), the product is exposed to wheat in the manufacturing and packaging and shipping processes. I told them they need to label that sort of thing on the box next to the ingredients to prevent people like me from getting sick.

Michael Jenkinson, the lovely CSR I spoke with, proceeded to ask me if I had actually been diagnosed as having a gluten intolerance by a board certified physician. I told him that doctors really don't know a lot about it, and my bloodwork shows a genetic predisposition toward the disorder but my biopsy results were negative only because I waited 5 months after being off gluten to get them done rendering them inaccurate.

So Mr. Jenkinson apparently took this to mean that I don't know my body at all, because he sent me coupons to buy MORE of their products (all Quaker products--none of which I can eat), and a letter that said the following:

"Please understand that since you do not have any known food allergies, we cannot speculate on what may have caused the reaction you reported. We would encourage you to seek an evaluation and diagnosis from a Board Certified Allergist. If an allergen is identified, we suggest you carefully review the ingredients listed on all product labels if there is anything in particular you wish to avoid in your diet."

He enclosed a pamphlet on food allergies and information on board certified allergists so I could begin to identify the true reason why their product have made me sick. Wow Mike, thanks so much for your help!

INFURIATING!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
THANK YOU!!! for the heads up! It was actually on my counter to make for dinner tonight. Weird sort of fate. I thought we'd try something new. We are super sensitive so I'm not taking any chances.

Jillian

Jillian, I'm so glad this helped!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yikes! I don't think I've bought anything of that brand since we were diagnosed. Not sure why though.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I want to give an update on what happened with Pespico when I contacted them regarding proper labeling of this product. I am absolutely infuriated by these companies' ignorance of this issue!!

I called to inquire as to the handling of the product and was told that although there are no gluten ingredients (which I already knew), the product is exposed to wheat in the manufacturing and packaging and shipping processes. I told them they need to label that sort of thing on the box next to the ingredients to prevent people like me from getting sick.

Michael Jenkinson, the lovely CSR I spoke with, proceeded to ask me if I had actually been diagnosed as having a gluten intolerance by a board certified physician. I told him that doctors really don't know a lot about it, and my bloodwork shows a genetic predisposition toward the disorder but my biopsy results were negative only because I waited 5 months after being off gluten to get them done rendering them inaccurate.

So Mr. Jenkinson apparently took this to mean that I don't know my body at all, because he sent me coupons to buy MORE of their products (all Quaker products--none of which I can eat), and a letter that said the following:

"Please understand that since you do not have any known food allergies, we cannot speculate on what may have caused the reaction you reported. We would encourage you to seek an evaluation and diagnosis from a Board Certified Allergist. If an allergen is identified, we suggest you carefully review the ingredients listed on all product labels if there is anything in particular you wish to avoid in your diet."

He enclosed a pamphlet on food allergies and information on board certified allergists so I could begin to identify the true reason why their product have made me sick. Wow Mike, thanks so much for your help!

INFURIATING!

You should have hung up the phone the minute this guy started asking if you had been diagnosed. Or you should have just told him yes. Your medical history is none of his business. Since you have this reps name I would write a letter to his head office and tell them about this. He was way out of line. Oh I would also draw a black line thru the UPC codes on those coupons and send them along with the letter.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Including a curt reply about the fact that gluten intolerance and celiac disease are NOT food allergies and as such cannot be dx'd by an allergy specialist. Their company should really hire a consultant from one of the celiac centers to help them avoid negative comments and/or law suits from persons with this autoimmune disease who they are injuring through nondisclosure.

Being condescended to by a CSA is really a humiliating experience that will not help their corporate image with the 30,000 members of your internet support group and their families, friends and coworkers. Perhaps an apology is called for and a more humane company policy is in order.

This sounds all lawyerly and should get someone's attention. I would go to the site map of their website and see if you can find the e-mail of a higher up. I once did this and had good results within my own wire company. I couldn't find the guy's e-mail but I knew his name. When I saw the e-mail addresses of others in his company, I guessed at his and it worked.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Including a curt reply about the fact that gluten intolerance and celiac disease are NOT food allergies and as such cannot be dx'd by an allergy specialist. Their company should really hire a consultant from one of the celiac centers to help them avoid negative comments and/or law suits from persons with this autoimmune disease who they are injuring through nondisclosure.

Being condescended to by a CSA is really a humiliating experience that will not help their corporate image with the 30,000 members of your internet support group and their families, friends and coworkers. Perhaps an apology is called for and a more humane company policy is in order.

This sounds all lawyerly and should get someone's attention. I would go to the site map of their website and see if you can find the e-mail of a higher up. I once did this and had good results within my own wire company. I couldn't find the guy's e-mail but I knew his name. When I saw the e-mail addresses of others in his company, I guessed at his and it worked.

Thanks for your comment. I just sent them a long letter and included a few good points you brought up.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I did a search on Near East products before consuming the Spanish rice pilaf I bought yesterday and came up with no complaints. I, however, have been experiencing gluten-like symptoms each time I consumed more portions of the product from the box I bought. I called the company and the customer service guy told me that while the products do not contain gluten ingredients, they are packaged and shipped with other grains. I told them they need to LABEL that sort of thing on their boxes and they are compensating my pain by sending me more coupons for their poorly labeled products. Hurray.

I guess not everyone reacts to their products, but perhaps I'm especially sensitive. Anyway, I'm hoping the next person who searches for information on Near East products will come across this and think twice before they eat it because I'm definitely having regrets.

To play devil's advocate here for a moment.....Near east is a brand I used regularly before I was diagnosed. Since then, they no longer are bought in my household for the reason that they do not advertise themselves as being gluten free and I think they are under no obligation to mark their boxes as such or warn against cc. I already knew some of their products did not contain any gluten ingredients but the products are all grain based so the odds of cc would be high. It's one of those situations where a Celiac has to use their knowledge and instincts to make a decision for themselves and not blame the company for something they are not obligated to do. I do not think the box is poorly labeled at all. Mistakes will be made by newly diagnosed Celiacs and it's all part of the learning curve.

Having said that, the company rep was a moron to have spoken to you like that and he clearly was way out of bounds. It's not his job to lecture you regarding Celiac and diagnostics used...none of his business.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Old thread but I wanted to add to it in case anyone searches the topic.

I believe I got glutened from the Near East Spanish Rice last night. The pain woke me up at 4 am and the Big D started and continued til 5 am and cramps til 6 am. I had a weird rumble after eating dinner and my appetite wouldn't be satiated, I was hungry soon after dinner ended despite having seconds - that should have been a clue now that I think about it.

I feel horrible today, like I had been beaten up. As I was writing in my food diary this morning (I track all incidents and culprits) I was thinking about everything I ate yesterday and the day before and narrowed it down to the rice since I make most things from scratch. I should have known better, I just wasn't thinking. Near East makes rice pilaf (a staple in our home before going gluten-free) and cous-cous so cross contamination is a high risk. It happens. I've had a good 6-8 weeks of no issues and I'm 8 months into the gluten-free diet. I guess even when we get into a good groove we still need to take a moment and reflect on our food choices. Going forward I'll make my own Spanish rice from scratch with safe ingredients.

I can't believe the company asked if you were diagnosed allergic by a certified allergist as if that was any of their business or had any bearing on their labeling practices. It's not an allergy! Oh boy.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I haven't bought any of their products since going gluten-free. The potential for CC (due to all the couscous) as well as the dreaded "natural flavors" (which could be barley-based, since that doesn't have to be declared as an allergen) have kept me from even considering a purchase. I only trust Lundberg rice mixes at this point.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      103,419
    • Total Posts
      917,669
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Formal dinner suggestions
      Hi people. I'd just like some ideas for what I can take for V to a formal family dinner. Unfortunately the restaurant has stated there is no gluten-free safe option so I have to take his meal and dessert.  I can make him gluten-free chocolate cake so thats fine.  But its a three course dinner, and I need to transport it there. Hopefully they will be happy to heat it if needed.  Something really nice and special would be good because everyone else will be eating really  nice meals.  
    • Italian pasta
      Get some celiac travel cards to print off and keep in your wallet.  Present them to your waiter.   http://www.celiactravel.com/cards/ Tell the airline that you need a gluten free meal, BUT take food with you because odds are the airlines will make a mistake.   As far as the wheat pasta.....some folks say the wheat is different.  I personally think they are kidding themselves.  There is no scientific proof that I have found to support this theory.  (Anyone want to present such data?)  Italy, from what I heard is great for celiacs.  I'll know for sure this summer!  I'll be there!   As usual, we plan on bringing some packable food, but we are good at shopping at grocery stores for food and picnicking when traveling.  I expect foods at grocery stores to be clearly marked as they were in Great Britain since they are part of the EU.  
    • Villous atrophy with negative tTG IgG/IgA, high Gliadin IgA!
      It looks like you have a few options that you need to consider pursuing: 1.  Get back to your doctor and tell him to figure out what's wrong with you.  Take a friend because it helps to have someone listen and take notes who is not the patient.  Get copies of all lab reports and doctor notes always and keep a file on yourself to share with future doctors or to monitor your progress.   2.  Ditch this GI and get a new one (SIBO is real per my celiac savvy GI).  Take a friend with you.   3.  You say you are lactose intolerant.  Experiment by going lactose free for six months -- not just a few days.  This will help to promote healing and help determine if milk (lactose or proteins) are causing villi damage and not gluten. 4.  Recognize that some celiacs test NEGATIVE to antibodies.  Per Dr. A. Fasano and Dr. Murrary, based on their clinincal experience and recent data just published, they estimate that 10 to 20 percent of celiac disease patients test negative to the serology screening test. That means consider yourself a celiac and stop your gluten intake for at least six months.  Normal vitamin and mineral levels do not rule out celiac disease.   5.  Recognize that you can multiple reasons for villi damage.  That's why a second consult with a celiac savvy GI is important.   Good luck!    
    • Continued Symptoms
      Try keeping a food and symptom diary.   She could have allergies or intolerances.  But, again, I am not a doctor!  I am healed from celiac disease, but I still react to certain foods and have allergies.  Those will probably never go away as I have been plagued with them all my life (as my siblings have too).  She could have a milk protein intolerance and not just lactose.  Eliminate all dairy too see if it helps.   Speech really normalizes by the age of 8.  I can not say if your public school will evaluate her.  My home-schooled friends are still monitored by the state and receive state funding.  So, I would assume they would receive all the same benefits.  Try calling.  
    • Weeks in and feeling no better
      Let me tell you that based on what people post on this forum, it takes MUCH longer to heal.  In theory,  it should just take a few week on a gluten diet to promote villi healing.  Your body is constantly regenerating new cells in your gut on a daily basis.    Why the delay?   First,  it takes a long time to really master the gluten free diet.  So, in the beginning, dietary mistakes are often made which can delay the healing time.  Second,  celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten causing a "flare-up" which can be measured by the level of antibodies in your system.  Antibodies can take weeks, months or years to come down.   Third,  there's the type of damage done to your body to consider (e.g. bone damage, depleted iron levels).  Usually anything neuro takes much longer to heal. Has your doctor checked you for nutritional deficiencies?  If not, ask.  You might be really low on a vitamin or mineral.   You could be low on digestive enzymes (actually they can not be released in a damaged gut).  So even when eating gluten free foods, your body is not digesting and absorbing the necessary nutrients.  You could help the healing process by taking gluten free supplements and enzymes.   But it is best to see what you are actually deficient in.   Most of these deficiencies resolve with time. Finally, my parting words of wisdom (as passed on by many of our members), is patience.  I know.  Hard to be patient when you want to feel well, but it will happen.   Hang in there!  
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

    • Larry Gessner  »  cyclinglady

      Hi There, I don't know if there is a place for videos in the forum. I just watched "The Truth About Gluten" I think it is a good video. I would like to share it somewhere but don't know where it should go. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
      Here is the link if you have never watched it.
      https://youtu.be/IU6jVEwpjnE Thank You,
      Larry
      · 2 replies
    • ChiaChick  »  Peaceflower

      Hi Peaceflower, Just wanted to say thank you for the chat.
      · 0 replies
    • ukuleleerika

      Hello! I am new to this Celiac website... Is there anyone out there with Celiac AND extensive food allergies? My allergies include shellfish, dairy, eggs, cantaloupe, kiwi, mango, nuts, oranges, red dye, and more I can't think of. I went to the allergist about a year ago to see why I wasn't feeling well, and once everything was eliminated, I still didn't feel well. We did more testing to find out I had celiac as well as allergies to cattle as well as rye grass (I live on a farm basically). This was back in January 2016. I recently had my endoscopy with the gastroenterologist a week ago. I have no idea what to do or what to eat... So fish and potatoes for me!
      · 2 replies
  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      60,551
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    Cwilson2345
    Joined