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Member Since 15 Feb 2007
Offline Last Active Mar 04 2007 07:37 PM

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In Topic: Help The Us Govt Define "gluten Free"

15 February 2007 - 05:40 PM

I just finished taking the survey, also.

I have Celiac disease, and for me, I've found it very frustrating to go shopping and not be sure whether or not some of the processed foods I am buying are really gluten-free or not. I often buy a brand of frozen meals called Amy's (many of you may know/use this brand), and I just noticed the other day that the Rice Macaroni & Cheese meal that they make is processed in a plant that also processes wheat. The label on the front states "No Gluten Ingredients", which is technically correct, but to me it is misleading. It seems as if manufacturers are to use the words "no" and "gluten" in conjunction, then it should mean that there is absolutely, positively no gluten in the product at all, whether it be from direct ingredients or possible contamination. "No Gluten Ingredients" is fine and dandy for someone who is trying to avoid gluten as much as possible, but for an individual with Celiac disease, even a tiny amount of gluten will lead to further damage of the small intestine (and as those who know about Celiac disease know) and can lead to other serious health problems.

In summary, I think this is a very complex issue. It will remain a challenge for me to shop for a few years to come, but I think that after I get accustomed to buying certain ingredients and after developing esoteric knowledge about what is actually totally gluten free and what is not, everything should be fine. I'm glad to see that the FDA is making headway though...we are all entitled to know what is in the products we are buying when they could potentially harm our health.

Thanks a bunch for posting this information!

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