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Member Since 12 Jul 2004
Offline Last Active Oct 26 2004 07:22 AM

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In Topic: Just Joined, Fiance Diagnosed With Celiac

19 October 2004 - 07:31 AM

Tanya - how did they test you for celiac? You mentioned a colonoscopy for crohn's but you'll need very specific blood tests and/or an endoscopy for celiac.

Dana - he can have any distilled vinegar. The only big no-no is any malt vinegar, as it is made from barley.

Hope this helps!

In Topic: Food Labels

07 October 2004 - 01:25 PM

We can always count on you to be the voice of reason, no matter which forum you are on! Thank you.

In Topic: Food Labels

07 October 2004 - 07:15 AM

Keep in mind when you start the anger-mail that many companies who cannot absolutely certify that their items contain no wheat will have to start putting "may contain wheat" on their labels just to CYA. Those Fruity/Cocoa Pebbles, Corn Puffs, Malt-o-meal cereals, etc. you can almost be assured they would have to do that because they all warn about cross-contamination. It's a risk that you currently choose to take, but would you if it says on the label "may contain wheat"?? It's not just cereals - think of all the multitude of companies making every kind of product on our shelves who would have to start labelling this way - Kraft, Hershey, ConAgra, General Mills - companies we rely on to be straight with us. But if there is the slightest chance of CC, it would have to say "may contain wheat."

Yes, we want some reasonable ideas about what is in our manufactured food, but if you do it in the way that it sounds from this thread, they'll start labeling it as such even when it may not be so. Even the labelling law which just passed did not include barley and rye as major allergens, so we'd still have to be on the lookout for them. And it did not include toiletries and probably never will.

Proceed with caution, and don't over-exagerate the conquences. It is not like an anaphylactic peanut allergy.

In Topic: Fair Food?

07 October 2004 - 07:03 AM

I have heard others say that those french fry stands are okay because all they cook in there are french fries. You could check with them to be sure, but it seems like it should be safe.

In Topic: Applebee's

07 October 2004 - 07:00 AM

I wouldn't even trust the salad. From everything I have read, Applebees is one of those places to stay out of. That's fine for me - I never much liked them anyway.
Salads are a major source of cross-contamination - often they are mixed in the same bowls, where croutons have been, dressings are slopped around, fried onions sometimes. Bad news. Unless you can see them make it with fresh gloves and ingredients that haven't been "dribbled" on, who knows!

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