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#826537 An Aussie G'day!

Posted by on 01 October 2012 - 04:02 AM

Join the WA Coeliac Society ..

New members are provided with a resource kit that includes:
•Coeliac Australia’s Handbook
•Coeliac Australia’s Recipe Book
•Coeliac Australia’s Ingredient List for label reading
•Information on gluten free foods and eating out in WA
•A back issue of The Australian Coeliac

They also run workshops and supermarket tours ....
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#822392 E Containing Gluten

Posted by on 09 September 2012 - 01:11 AM


Going through the list of numbers:

Lots of artifical colours are not recommended - but natural colour additives in high doses [to get the colour] are not recommended either..
120 Cochineal is naturally occuring but can trigger allergies
161g Canthaxanthin occurs naturally in mushrooms

Sorbates and benzoates have been associated with the full range of food intolerance reactions - lots are banned

Sulphites (sulfites) are big for allergies and asthma.[Not to be confused with sulphates (514-519)] Lots are banned

Nitrates and nitrites are necessary to prevent bacterial growth and food poisoning: you can purchased products that do not use them ..

310 - 321
Antioxidants used to preserve vegetable oils and margarines: and also used in plastic products and clingfilm.

338 - 343
Mineral salts are generally not a problem.

620 - 632
Although 620 L-Glutamic Acid. is naturally occuring: the argument rages about it's salt by-product MSG et al. Most can be prepared from wheat protein, and they are not good for asthma or gout


406 Agar: seaweed gelling agent.
407 Carrageenan is now generally not recommended
412 Guar Gum. [too much = diarrhoea]
414 Gum Arabic [uses as medicines and in baking for millennia]
421 Mannitol. [natural carbohydrate alcohol - too much = diarrhoea]
450 - 450a,b,c; Mineral salts - present in baking powder

503 Ammonium Bicarbonate. used in baking powder
510 Ammonium Chloride. Natural salt, part of sea salt and rock salt.

904 Shellac is naturally occuring but can trigger allergies. It is the "shiny" on M&Ms ..
906 Gum benzoic used in medicines and cosmetics
913 Lanolin - really????
915 pine resin used in chewing gum ...

..selecting processed foods without some of these ingredients may be a bit difficult ..
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#796825 The Gluten Free Label

Posted by on 19 May 2012 - 02:23 AM

For this reason, in Australia and New Zealand, countries that have the strongest Gluten Free product labeling laws, you can only call a product "Gluten Free" if it contains less than 5ppm of Gluten. That is, you can only call a product Gluten Free if you test it for Gluten using the best available test, and the test cannot find any gluten present.

Australian Standards/Law says that if it is not free of gluten [not discernible], then you cannot say it is "gluten-free" .. simple straight-forwards.. Current testing can detect 3ppm - so that's the benchmark in Australia.

Low gluten has no relevance to the majority of coeliacs as they follow the zero gluten-free diet.
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#766463 Have To Take Gluten

Posted by on 20 January 2012 - 02:15 AM

They list only Stemetil too. They do not take coeliac disease into account when choosing medications to list - only price.

Although Stemil tablets are gluten, both Stemil injections and suppositories are gluten free. Both were prescribed for my coeliac to stop vomiting and nausea, but she went with Pramin which is gluten-free. All types of Stemil are on PBS.

Pramin contains the active ingredient metoclopramide hydrochloride which does an excellent job preventing vomiting and nausea. $5-$10 for 25 on PBS or private prescription.
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#761019 Modified Starch

Posted by on 31 December 2011 - 01:00 AM

The "same" products vary greatly from country to country due to manufacturers using the most common local ingredients in their products. AND, a "common" item in one country, can be unknown, or a speciality item in another.

Ask about ingredient in local products closer to home .. For your concerns, contact your Coeliac Society - they have the most up-to-date information.

Irish Coeliac Sociey

Irish Coeliac society Forums

UK Coeliac Society
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