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#931890 Kraft Products ... I'm Shocked!

Posted by on 02 October 2014 - 05:36 PM

I think that the most important thing to do is to read the ingredient list on each and every product that you buy each and every time. I don't think that anybody here is saying that we should eat food without reading ingredients.

Exactly. Read the label, every time. A manufacturer making a gluten-free claim does not have to test, but they will be darned sure, for legal liability reasons, that if tested they will pass.

ETA: Where I am, the anti-caking agent in shredded cheese, when there is one, is powdered cellulose. Cellulose is gluten-free. As Karen said, flour would be a binding agent, not an anti-caking agent.
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#931802 Kraft Products ... I'm Shocked!

Posted by on 01 October 2014 - 06:31 PM

Here is a link to an explanation from Danna Korn about what "not gluten-free" means. It does not always mean "contains gluten."

Read more about customer service answers here.

It is instructive, and I would recommend reading it.

But let's suppose for a moment that the xxxxxx that Kraft bought from yyyyyy Inc. was contaminated. It is likely a minor ingredient, comprising a small percentage of the finished product. How much gluten would actually be in the final Kraft product? Would it even be detectable using R5 ELISA testing? I doubt it.

Make your own decision about your personal comfort level, but for the vast majority of us, these products are safe and widely available without having to pay a higher price to get something with a gluten-free label.

I have been buying with confidence from Kraft and the other companies I mentioned for over ten years without a problem, and yes, I am relatively sensitive and do react to small amounts.

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#931724 Kraft Products ... I'm Shocked!

Posted by on 30 September 2014 - 04:48 PM

As has been said, it is a legal CYA statement. I have been on the gluten-free diet for over 14 years, and have NEVER had a problem with a Kraft product. The same goes for Unilever, General Mills, Nestle, ConAgra, etc. All have a clear policy to disclose any known source of gluten, but will not make a "gluten-free" claim since they do not test. They don't test because it would add to production cost of the mainstream product in question, and make them less competitive for the 99% of the market who don't care about gluten. I wish it were not so, but it is, so get used to it.  ;)
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#931223 Endoscopy Or Not?

Posted by on 23 September 2014 - 06:09 PM

AImmunoglobulin A, Qn, Serum 5 (20-101)

RED FLAG! The total serum iGa is way below normal. The other tests may be false negatives due to this. She is not producing antibodies in the normal range overall, so the "low" gliadin numbers may not be meaningful. This could be age-related. Blood testing in very young children is notoriously unreliable.

As RavenWoodGlass said, having a confirmed diagnosis will be very important in enforcing her ADA 504 rights at day care, school, and in similar situations. I would do the endo if it was my child.
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#930295 Getting An Answer From Pepsi Or Coke Is Like Pulling Teeth

Posted by on 10 September 2014 - 06:17 PM

Both wheat and soy are top allergens covered by FALCPA and must be disclosed. Neither PepsiCo nor the Coca Cola Company put anything with either ingredient in any of their carbonated beverages. They won't make a "gluten-free" or "soy-free" claim for legal reasons--they don't test incoming ingredients to see if one of their suppliers has an accidental CC problem. Is CC possible? Yes. It it probable? Definitely not.
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#929017 Can You Handle All Coffee?

Posted by on 31 August 2014 - 05:45 PM

I have no troubles with coffee, and I drink a lot of it. I don't drink flavored coffee, not because of a gluten concern, but because I just like my coffee to taste like, well, coffee.
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#928650 Pam Has Wheat In It.

Posted by on 27 August 2014 - 04:59 PM

We use regular PAM all the time. No worries. It is not labeled gluten-free--like many mainstream products--because they don't want a legal liability issue if one of their suppliers makes a booboo and they didn't test.
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#924402 Most Ridiculous Gluten Comment I've Heard

Posted by on 18 July 2014 - 06:43 PM

I was at a cookout a few weeks ago and someone asked me if I could have a burger.  I said yes but they would have to clean the grill first.  The response " don't worry the grill is hot enough, it'll kill the gluten".  Err no it wont or I could eat all cooked food.

Actually, if you bring the grill to 600F or higher, and hold it there for 30 minutes, it will destroy the proteins on the grill. But if you have anything on the grill while you do that, it will no longer be edible. The clean cycle of a self-cleaning oven will do the same thing, burning off any gluten. FWIW.
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#923685 Is There An App Or Website For Checking Ingredients?

Posted by on 12 July 2014 - 06:30 PM

Just a comment. Any app that scans the product is not reading the ingredients, just the product code. It is then relying upon a product list somewhere, which, like any list, may not have the same currency date as the product you are holding. The list may be out of date, or the product may have been on the shelf a while, and be older than the list. Now, if you want to look up ingredients (as opposed to products), lists can be quite useful.
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#922792 Are Fast Food Places Like Mcdonalds Safe To Eat?

Posted by on 06 July 2014 - 10:55 AM

The question of gluten in the Mcfries is the most debated issue of this board over the past eight years. There is a wheat-derived ingredient in the beef flavor added to the oil in which they are partially fried before being frozen. The oil using for the final frying does not contain anything but oil. The final product does not contain any detectable gluten.
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#920430 Are Fast Food Places Like Mcdonalds Safe To Eat?

Posted by on 15 June 2014 - 10:14 PM

At McDonalds, the potato fryers are at the front, and operated by the window crew; the other fryers, which are in the back, are operated by the grill crew. This physical separation makes the likelihood of transfer from other foods close to zero. But that applies only to McD. The fryers at BK are shared and are not safe.
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#920294 Are Fast Food Places Like Mcdonalds Safe To Eat?

Posted by on 14 June 2014 - 09:10 AM

In the US and Canada, the fries at McDonalds are not coated with anything, and are fried in dedicated fryers that only fry potatos. I believe that that is true everywhere else as well.
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#917163 The Funny Pages - Tickle Me Elbow - The Sequel

Posted by on 22 May 2014 - 05:02 PM

If you are pouring your your wine into a glass, and it is not full:

If you think the glass is half full, you are an optimist.

If you think it is half empty, you are a pessimist.

If you believe that the glass is the wrong size, you are an engineer!


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#916836 Imprisonment - Choosing Starvation Over Bread?

Posted by on 20 May 2014 - 05:04 PM

I'm inclined to agree with IH. There are only a few communist regimes left. Why anyone would put their life at risk to go to one of them as a missionary escapes me. But my own faith is personal. I subscribe to the teachings of my church, but would never seek to impose them on others, or to try to tell others that their faith is wrong and mine is right. FWIW, I am an Anglican (Episcopalian in the US). That is my personal observation as a member here, and is not a comment from a moderator.  ^_^


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#916304 Glass Cutting Boards

Posted by on 16 May 2014 - 07:51 PM

Concerns about other things aside, gluten is not an issue in my world when it comes to glass cutting boards or other things in the kitchen. Glass does not scratch and is easy to clean. Enjoy!
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