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elonwy

Amy's Has Changed Thier Labeling

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I was down at the commons area at school today, where they usually have Amy's frozen meals in the freezer. I always like to check, just to see that they are still keeping with the gluten free frozen meals. There were some old boxes with the "gluten free". There were also some new enchilada boxes. Front of the box now says, in much bigger letters "Made without Gluten Ingredients". Guess this is the response to the CC issues. I've stopped eating them since they've made me sick, but I have to say I was hoping for a push towards more gluten-free rather than backwards steps. Oh well.

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I was down at the commons area at school today, where they usually have Amy's frozen meals in the freezer. I always like to check, just to see that they are still keeping with the gluten free frozen meals. There were some old boxes with the "gluten free". There were also some new enchilada boxes. Front of the box now says, in much bigger letters "Made without Gluten Ingredients". Guess this is the response to the CC issues. I've stopped eating them since they've made me sick, but I have to say I was hoping for a push towards more gluten-free rather than backwards steps. Oh well.

Elonwy

At least if they weren't going to take a more positive move towards ensuring gluten-free, they did take a more honest approach to their labeling. I'd settle for more companies doing that!

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I noticed this label change last week too. I was also hoping that they would produce more stuff in dedicated facilities, maybe they will in time. I am appreciative of their labeling approach though. At least we know we can't eat it.

I'm curious whether there is a market for foods made without gluten ingredients but with possible cross contamination. Anyone who is Celiac or gluten intolerant would not want to eat the stuff.

S

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What would be the point, from a marketing standpoint, of going to the trouble to make gluten-free products, and then put on the label a statement that tells potential customers that the product isn't safe if they need to eat gluten-free. Doesn't make sense to me.


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What would be the point, from a marketing standpoint, of going to the trouble to make gluten-free products, and then put on the label a statement that tells potential customers that the product isn't safe if they need to eat gluten-free. Doesn't make sense to me.

Well, they did not actually say the product was not safe. You are making that assumption.

What they did, like so many companies are doing now, is refuse to use the words "gluten free" for fear of being sued if somehow cross contamination of some ingredient happens despite their best efforts.


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Perhaps I didn't write my response in a way that relayed what I really meant.

Their wording would be a red flag - the way it's worded would indicate (a better word than "say") to the discerning celiac that the product may not be completely gluten free even though the ingredients when first put into the product were from a gluten-free source.

One has to made judgment calls (assumptions) all the time when reading ingredients and the way the label is worded. The wording of this one would cause me to think twice about the product.


Valda

Enterolab results: ...two genes for gluten intolerance ...casein intolerance

other sensitivities: corn, eggs, soy, potato, tapioca

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Sensitivity to high EMFs [electromagnetic frequency] (limits my time in front of the computer)

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i think there may be a market that is ok with this labeling.

some people are ok with the possibility of cc

others aren't

this label allows us to make the choice

i appreciate thier honesty (while not eating thier products)

rg

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part of the problem might be that a company like amy's that is so understanding of allergy issues in general is more quick to change their food labeling. i bet their food overall is more gluten free than a lot of the "gluten free" food out there, since the US doesn't even have a standard and since the euro standard does allow a minimal amount of gluten


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that stinks. i was hoping they would go more towards it really being gluten-free and made in a dedicated factory rather than it making me want absolutely nothing to do with it.

blah.


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Guest cassidy

I am happy that they have changed their labeling. However, I'm not happy that there is a chance for cc with most of their gluten-free products. I was eating them all the time until I got sick a few times and my mom got sick a few times and it just wasn't worth it.

I heard a while back that they were going to have some stuff in a gluten-free facility - like the pizza, a spinach pizza, mac & cheese and pasta with red sauce. I hope they use the same honest labeling approach and put on the box "made in a gluten-free facility." Until I see that, I won't be eating any of their stuff - and I really miss it.

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I thought I heard that this step was taken while they reevaluate their manufacturing process and try to eliminate the sources of cc, I think that Amy's as a whole has been very attentive to the needs of the Celiac community and is trying VERY hard, and because they are a smaller company they just don't have the room for completely separate facilities yet, but from what I understand, they are working on it. I think this labeling is just them being honest, which I appreciate, and I'm sure that once they get a better handle on things, we'll find that they have MORE gluten-free products for us. Personally I think we should applaud companies like Amy's for trying really hard. even if they don't get it right at first. I think if we keep communicating with them and let them know where we are happy with them and where we are not that they will listen and do their best. In my experience with dealing with this company they seem committed to providing healthy food choices for EVERYONE. (there are some of their products that have bothered me in the past though and until I see the gluten-free label again I will avoid certain products, there are others that I've been continuously able to eat with no problems and I will continue to do so).

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I don't know about in the US but in Canada their labeling always said;"made in a facility that produces gluten products."


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I don't know about in the US but in Canada their labeling always said;"made in a facility that produces gluten products."

Yes, exactly I was going to say that too .. the only thing I have tried of their products is the cheese pizza (and even tho I'm super sensative to gluten, I've been lucky enough to be contaminated)..the first time I went to buy the pizza's, one of the ladies at Old Fashion Foods said the safest bet for the Amy's would be the cheese only, so thats all I've stuck to ... I've never tried any of their other products

Even tho the Glutino pizzas are smaller and more expensive, they are yummier, so I guess if I ever am afraid of Amy's I'll just keep eating the other brands :lol:

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