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Nestle Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups

09 January 2014 - 06:12 AM

Saw them in the store, wanted to try them but didn't dare.  This is the oh-so-careful reply I got when I wrote in:

Dear Nestlé Consumer,
Thank you for contacting Nestlé® Butterfinger®.
Our Butterfinger® Peanut Butter Cups do not contain gluten.
We consider "gluten free" to mean no gluten ingredients are in the product, whether directly added, or potentially present due to cross-contact. In other words, if a product label has an allergen advisory statement such as "made on equipment" or "facility that also processes wheat etc... ", we do not consider that product to be gluten free. It is important to always read product labels/packaging for the most accurate information.

We appreciate your interest and hope you will visit our website often for the latest information on our products and promotions.

Kimberley Jones
Consumer Response Representative



Anyone try these yet?  Reactions?

Egg Beaters/better 'n Eggs- Generics?

01 December 2013 - 02:42 PM

I know egg beaters and Better n Eggs are gluten-free.  Anyone have any info or opinions on store-brand/generic versions of these?  Is it even worth writing in to the companies that would know this, or am I being paranoid?


It's been awhile since I've been on here, so i suspect the answer is "yes, write in," and I've just become complacent, but I could use the reality check.


12 May 2013 - 07:23 AM

OK, time for what really is kind of a a gluten-free 101 question, but one that I haven't really faced yet.  I'm considering trying to get some meat into my diet, as I think the extra iron, fat and protein would be good for me. 


What I'm wondering is what contamination may "hide" in that I would not think of.  I've heard honey-baked ham and certain kinds of turkey mentioned on here already.


Are there *brands* that are safe?  Certain cuts?  Can I trust ground meat (thinking tukery burgers, which is what I'd like to go for- or some kind of easily-prepped poultry).  How far does my paranoia have to spread?

Half-Year Follow-Up: Peristsing Fatigue Attacks

05 May 2013 - 08:37 AM

Had my follow-up with my GI doctor last week.  My blood tests come back pretty much perfect- I test like a non-celiac.  So, hooray for that- I can be pretty dang confident that I'm doing the gluten-free thing correctly.
The downside of that is that the symptoms which have persisted probably can't be attributed to gluten any more. 
The stomach upset, I suspect is from artifical sweeteners (the fact that when I cut back on them, I feel less stomach upset, probably confirms this).  I think I may be having withdrawal from them, though I don't know if that's supposed to be possible (does that sound crazy?  I had a lot of them in my diet, and for a long, long damn time).
The bigger issue is that of the attacks of sudden-onset fatigue I keep getting.  They often act exactly like low blood sugar- both the symptoms, and sometimes the cure (sometimes, eating something will perk me right back up, especially something with easily-accessible sugar).  A couple years back (when I was starting the hunt for WTF is wrong with me, and hadn't figured celiac out yet), I did get checked for diabetes, thyroid, and anemia.  Fine (A1C average blood sugar was something like 94, though... hmm...), fine, and a little bit/borderline, but not a ton, respectively.  So I'm assuming that those probably aren't the causes, as I had the same tiredness issues then.
So, I'm a little happy, a little exasperated, a little worried.  My GI doctor pointed out that autoimmune disorders tend to run together, and the tiredness might be a symptom of another one.  She said to talk to my primary care about it, which I will at my next physical (which is in August- she books very far out, and this doesn't seem worth a sick visit, as it's a persistent annoyance rather than an emergency or something new).
Could also be things I already know, for all I know.  I have asthma but I try not to use my inhaler unless I really, really need it.  I have allergies and the pollen is ridiculously high where I live right now.  I do tend to run on kind of a sleep debt- but it's there even after I "catch up" for a couple of days.  I know I tend to put demands on myself physically and mentally and sometimes don't realize how much I ask of myself till I look back on it and wonder WTF I was thinking (this can happen even when I try to account for it, it's like Hofstadter's law, lol).  And (if this means anything) I know my blood pressure is consistently low- good-low, but, I have to say, I was shocked that when it was taken at my last exam, it wasn't at least a little high, because 1. I felt a little anxious and 2. I have sort of cringeworthily increased my sodium intake (partly knowing that I have such a low baseline blood pressure and am young enough that it woudln't kill me quick, and also knowing pathologically low BP is something my mother had a few years ago).


Anyway, ramble.  God, the tiredness is frustrating.  Makes me feel weak and pathetic.  :(

Stop & Shop Juice

29 April 2013 - 03:36 PM

I wrote to Stop & Shop awhile back to double-check on their store-brand juices, because Hooray for being paranoid about gluten being places it has no sane reason to be!
Anyway, replies are as follows, in case it helps anyone else:
Reply #1:

My name is Tyler Zook, the Technical Services Administrator for Clement Pappas & Co., the manufacturers of Stop & Shop juices. I am writing in response to your inquiry about gluten in our juices. We cannot make any official claims that our products are gluten free, as there is currently no FDA regulation stating what exactly constitutes gluten free and we do not specifically test for gluten levels in our products. That being said, we do not manufacture any product with or around any sources of gluten and believe all our products to be gluten free. If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to reply to this email, or call me at the number below.

TYLER ZOOK | Technical Services Administrator | Clement Pappas & Co., Inc.
One Collins Drive, Suite 200 | Carneys Point, NJ 08069 | (856) 455 1000 Ext. 7255 | Fax: (856) 455 3664

Reply #2, after I asked about "Nature's Promise" juices (which is a Stop and Shop store brand without the Stop and Shop title on it), and about how far back I can date this info:

Nature's Promise juices are also included and are believed to be gluten free, I apologize for any confusion on that front. I checked our database of inquiries, which goes back about three years, and found several other inquiries about gluten in our products, and all the responses to those inquiries are essentially the same as the response I have given you, so the information has been current for at least the last three years. I suspect it goes back further than that, but I do not have any evidence to support that suspicion. Feel free to contact me again with any other questions.

TYLER ZOOK | Technical Services Administrator | Clement Pappas & Co., Inc.
One Collins Drive, Suite 200 | Carneys Point, NJ 08069 | (856) 455 1000 Ext. 7255 | Fax: (856) 455 3664

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