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Have you noticed that on some Walmart Great Value brands they say "gluten free" under the ingredients? I have been looking for a site to find out their gluten free foods but cannot find one. I have some Great Value imitation vanilla but it doesn't say gluten free on it. The ingredients are water, propylene, glycol, vanillin, caramel color, 0.1% sodium benzoate (preservative), phosphoric acid and ethyl vanillin. So, what do you think? Gluten free or not? Thanks for your help!

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Not. :(

GV brands have been labeling gluten-free status for, I think, over a year. Maybe :huh: ? I can't remember when they first came out with this. It's been awhile, all the packaging should have changed by now.

I use McCormicks. If you're in the south, Publix (grocery store) brand almond, lemon and vanilla extracts are gluten-free.

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I use the katchup so far, there are more! great! Ok whats the deal with carmal color? One day I hear its fine and another not!

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Caramel color - IN THE US ONLY - is gluten-free.

Where was the vanilla made? If it was made overseas then it could be the culprit -

otherwise it's safe.

**Edited to add the caramel color is safe, don't know if the product itself is**

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Does anyone know WHY great value brands now have their gluten-free status indicated on the packaging??

Well.... it's because one of the "really really high ups" in the Walmart Company IS a Celiac!!!!

Now, whether or not that information is true, I don't really know. But, it was told to us at a CSA meeting, by someone who runs a gluten-free bakery and is working with Walmart as one of her main suppliers.

Interesting huh??

Oh, and 100% natural vanilla is always gluten-free. It's only when you start seeing things added into it... as vanilla flavoring, rather than vanilla extract, that it's questionable. =)

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I have spoken with our local Walmart SuperCenter manager about getting gluten free products in their stores. I also emailed the home office. We'll see where that gets me. It's interesting that a "really, really high up" in Walmart has Celiac. You'd think he'd get on the band wagon and get some gluten-free products in his store! I have to drive 45 minutes to a HyVee to get my gluten-free products.

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I have spoken with our local Walmart SuperCenter manager about getting gluten free products in their stores. I also emailed the home office. We'll see where that gets me. It's interesting that a "really, really high up" in Walmart has Celiac. You'd think he'd get on the band wagon and get some gluten-free products in his store! I have to drive 45 minutes to a HyVee to get my gluten-free products.

It's probably because hardly anybody that works for wal mart corporate actually shops there. Seriously, I've lived where corporate is, and have friends that have worked there.

Oh, and companies that want major distribution in their stores have to have a home office in northwest arkansas, where walmart corporate is.

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Has anyone checked out the Super Targets in their area? The one near me carries the BRM flours, quinoa, quinoa-corn pasta, some Amy's stuff, some of the Cherrybrook Farms cake mixes, Arrowhead Mills pizza crust mix and probably some other stuff I am forgetting.

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Does anyone know WHY great value brands now have their gluten-free status indicated on the packaging??

Well.... it's because one of the "really really high ups" in the Walmart Company IS a Celiac!!!!

Now, whether or not that information is true, I don't really know. But, it was told to us at a CSA meeting, by someone who runs a gluten-free bakery and is working with Walmart as one of her main suppliers.

Interesting huh??

Oh, and 100% natural vanilla is always gluten-free. It's only when you start seeing things added into it... as vanilla flavoring, rather than vanilla extract, that it's questionable. =)

Anyone that will label their product is GREAT! From what I understand, some stores do and some don't. Maybe if we email them ...they will do more. I realize some products we can just read but the labeling makes it so much easier for everyone.

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HyVee has a list online of there gluten free products that you can print out or you can get it up at the customer service desk. It's interesting to find that Target carries some gluten free products....I generally don't shop there because there prices are higher than WalMart. I think its great that walmart is labeling there products...now just if everybody else would jump in and do the same!

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I noticed the gluten free labels on GV brand about 6 months ago. I have only done my grocery shopping at Wal-mart since. And I buy mostly GV brand. One more reason for the snob in me to succumb to Wal-mart. B) They're just great.

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From the ultra scary "Forbidden List" . . . :o

"1) If this ingredient is made in North America it is likely to be gluten-free.

3) The problem with caramel color is it may or may not contain gluten depending on how it is manufactured. In the USA caramel color must conform with the FDA standard of identity from 21CFR CH.1. This statute says: "the color additive caramel is the dark-brown liquid or solid material resulting from the carefully controlled heat treatment of the following food-grade carbohydrates: Dextrose (corn sugar), invert sugar, lactose (milk sugar), malt syrup (usually from barley malt), molasses (from cane), starch hydrolysates and fractions thereof (can include wheat), sucrose (cane or beet)." Also, acids, alkalis and salts are listed as additives which may be employed to assist the caramelization process."

Notice it says caramel color made in North America - not sold in North America - is likely to be gluten-free. Seemingly home grown products may get some of their ingredients from overseas.

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I think that Walmart got tired of paying their office help to answer the same question over and over again when the phone rang, and decided it was more cost-effective to put it right on the label. I'm surprised that more companies haven't realized that until they do this, the questions will never end.

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I think that Walmart got tired of paying their office help to answer the same question over and over again when the phone rang, and decided it was more cost-effective to put it right on the label. I'm surprised that more companies haven't realized that until they do this, the questions will never end.

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I'm sorry, but this was FUNNY!

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What about things like beans? I know the GV beans say that they are made in a factory that processes wheat, but it's not like the beans are injected with wheat. I always rinse my beans several times before using them. Is that dangerous? Lol I just get them cuz they're cheaper but maybe I'll have to shell out more money. I was at Walmart this morning and saw Amy's frozen foods in the freezer section! Didn't find my favorite-individual gluten-free pizzas-but thought it was cool anyway!

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:huh::o:blink:WHAT??????????????????????

Cant use GV vanilla flavoring?

I'm crying. I kid you not.

My son just had some in his yogurt today.

We'll be paying the price for THAT mistake!!

What about vanilla from Mexico that say "alcohol" in the ingredients?

I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO frustrated!!!!!!! :(

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Hi. I literally did a search a few moments ago and found the answer to vanilla and gluten. What it said was that the biggest issue is that it contains alcohol. Alcohol is made from grain. It also said that it is ordinarily ditilled so it should be ok, however, I think I'm going to just get the McCormick's brand to be safe. Hope this helped.

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Hi. I literally did a search a few moments ago and found the answer to vanilla and gluten. What it said was that the biggest issue is that it contains alcohol. Alcohol is made from grain. It also said that it is ordinarily ditilled so it should be ok, however, I think I'm going to just get the McCormick's brand to be safe. Hope this helped.

Please note that this is a very old thread. I suspect most vanilla is safe but again, read the labels. Personally I do use McCormick's and always have. They also run frequent coupons. :)

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