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Scott Adams

The Cross-Contamination Myth-Buster!

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The issue of cross-contamination keeps coming up in articles, conferences, blogs and every other venue in which celiacs discuss ways of living with our disease. For all the talk there has been precious little, if any, thoughtful analysis, so I felt it was time for one. Some will appreciate this analysis—others will not.

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1) my child reacts to thresholds well below 20ppm.  So FDA guidelines, labeling and this analysis are pretty meaningless when it comes to managing exposure.

2) regarding manufacturing lines:. She got sick after eating macadamia nuts with sea salt.  Then i saw there was a little tiny D on the ingredient line, and I called the manufacturer to ask why they were listing dairy.  Their answer?  "We run everything on the same line, which includes the coated nuts, and don't really clean it very well."  So you cannot assume that the cleaning between lines actually gets rid of the level we need to manage.

For the typical analysis your article may make sense.  For the super sensitive, not really.

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