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I am having problems with Udi bakery goods. I have explosive diarrhea, joint pain every time I eat Udi products. I know they are no longer made in a dedicated factory, so cross contamination may be a problem. Also, I react to anything made with seaweed, MSG, carrageenan, agar and alginate. I noticed recently that they have added sodium alginate to all their bakery products. Maybe this is the problem for me. Why in the name of common sense do we need to add a seaweed derivative to bakery products. Goodbye Udi’s products. You have just lost a customer. Anybody else out there having similar problems with Udi products? I have emailed Udi’s about this, but most “gluten free” companies do not want to hear from Celiac’s, and their response is usually patronizing at best.

Had a bad 10 week autoimmune reaction to eating off the gluten free menu at the Cheesecake Factory, even with specific instructions to the server and the cook who prepared my chopped salad. The company would not tell me if their dairy products had carrageenan in them, that is a yes. Serious cross contamination of their gluten free cheesecake, baked in the same ovens and stored in the same refrigerators. Eat there at your own risk! I suggested a red sticker on menus discouraging Celiacs from eating in their establishments. No comment!

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3 hours ago, Joyful joanna said:

I am having problems with Udi bakery goods. I have explosive diarrhea, joint pain every time I eat Udi products. I know they are no longer made in a dedicated factory, so cross contamination may be a problem. Also, I react to anything made with seaweed, MSG, carrageenan, agar and alginate. I noticed recently that they have added sodium alginate to all their bakery products. Maybe this is the problem for me. Why in the name of common sense do we need to add a seaweed derivative to bakery products. Goodbye Udi’s products. You have just lost a customer. Anybody else out there having similar problems with Udi products? I have emailed Udi’s about this, but most “gluten free” companies do not want to hear from Celiac’s, and their response is usually patronizing at best.

Had a bad 10 week autoimmune reaction to eating off the gluten free menu at the Cheesecake Factory, even with specific instructions to the server and the cook who prepared my chopped salad. The company would not tell me if their dairy products had carrageenan in them, that is a yes. Serious cross contamination of their gluten free cheesecake, baked in the same ovens and stored in the same refrigerators. Eat there at your own risk! I suggested a red sticker on menus discouraging Celiacs from eating in their establishments. No comment!

I hate udi's for using corn in everything lol, I am allergic to it. But I am pretty sure all there stuff is made in a dedicated facility. Personally seaweed does not bother me and I go to wakame, kambu, and nori for iodine sources since I need to offset the large amounts of oxalate foods I eat. But I do have a allergy to corn and can tell of that pain in the ass ingredient found in everything.

As for the eating out....if not a 100% gluten free place, I would not order anything but 1-2 ingredient dishes. And even then I have heard and experienced the horror of learning the steamed veggies were done over pasta water/pasta pot.  I have only eat out a few times in the past few years, and I normally just get the roasted asparagus, or broccoli from my local chili's where the manager knows me, I see how they do it on a conveyor roaster on disposable foil sheets so no CC. (I bring my own vegan cheese sauce and just do dippers for social meets)  
If you wish to eat out and chance it, invest in a NIMA Sensor to test your food with. Great to test your food prior to eating to see if it is glutened.

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You are correct Ennis. I have given up eating out. Unless you are in the kitchen, you just do not know what is happening there. Sorry you cannot eat Udi products either, just for a different reason. I had read online at another site that their factories were not dedicated factories. I think my issue with their bakery products is the sodium alginate. Really liked their products too. I am allergic to shellfish and IV contrast dye made with shellfish which contain iodine. Had anaphylactic shock to IV contrast dye and an iodine based gastric contrast media after surgery for a para esophageal hernia repair, nearly died both times.

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8 hours ago, Joyful joanna said:

Y. I had read online at another site that their factories were not dedicated factories. I think my issue with their bakery products is the sodium alginate. 

So you really didn't ask the company and it isn't gluten in the products that others you.

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Yes, this is correct. I feel safer just not buying their products in the future. I am 73 and a very sensitive Celiac with many allergies, so I must take care of myself. I am waiting for a reply to my email to Udi’s.

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