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Belinda Meeker

Ragu Sent Me Info On Their Products :(

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This is the responce I got directly from them :

Hello Belinda,

Thank you for contacting us.

We can certainly understand your concerns. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley, and oats. In our sauces, the source of Modified Food Starch is corn.

Because our products are formulated for use by the majority of our consumers, and not specifically for those on restricted diets, it is possible our product formulations may change at any time. As a result, we cannot provide a list due to several factors:

- Lists of this type reflect products as formulated at a specific time

- Possible that more products/varieties may have been added

- More important, changes in existing products may have occurred

Ingredients that may contain any of the top eight allergens as defined by FDA are: peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish, seafood, wheat, eggs, and milk or dairy, as well as any ingredient that may contain gluten, are always listed on the label.

THEREFORE, WE SUGGEST READING ALL INGREDIENT LABELS CAREFULLY. If you cannot determine whether or not the product contains the ingredient in question, or if you feel uncomfortable about the ingredients used in our products, it is our recommendation that you do not use them.

We hope this information is helpful.

Kind regards,

Your friends at Ragu

PMA

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I stopped using Ragu the day I walked into a Wegmans and got their pasta sauce with a gluten free label on it and for 1/2 the price. I have not looked back. I even stock up on my favorite flavors so I won't run out and need one in the between times when I am not near a Weggies.

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I also prefer other brands to Ragu, usually Wegmans store brand but I don't understand the thread topic - "no go for RAGU !" Rather than making me want to avoid Ragu for gluten purposes, the response was exactly what I'd want to hear. A list that says the product was gluten free in July 2007 is not as good as a commitment that they'll update their label to reveal any gluten ingredients any time their formulation changes.

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While I don't use Ragu anymore--due to finding a sauce I like a lot better--I think their statement is very good. They are saying that they will list any gluten as well as the top 8 allergens on the label. All you need to do is read to see if any is present.

I'm using Enrico's Pasta Sauce that I find at Wegmans. The no-salt added variety is marked gluten-free right on the label. It tastes the closest to homemade to me. Plus, it's made in my hometown :D

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I also prefer other brands to Ragu, usually Wegmans store brand but I don't understand the thread topic - "no go for RAGU !" Rather than making me want to avoid Ragu for gluten purposes, the response was exactly what I'd want to hear. A list that says the product was gluten free in July 2007 is not as good as a commitment that they'll update their label to reveal any gluten ingredients any time their formulation changes.

Have you tried the Wegmans Tomato and Basil yet..that is very tasty!

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What they are saying is, that right now their sauce is gluten-free, but they can't guarantee it will be in the future, and that you need to read the label to make sure, as they always list all the ingredients.

Meaning, that you can trust them to disclose all ingredients that might be harmful to people with all kinds of allergies. How can that be bad? That is more than a lot of companies do, who hide ingredients and we get sick without knowing why as a result.

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Dear Belinda,

I love two different ones. Classico is made by Kraft, and the Sweet Tomato Basil is terrific! Just get some of the DeBoles Penne, Jimmy Dean Fresh Taste Fast Sausage, and then some Kraft Mozzerella (fat-free or full-fat, whichever you prefer), and you will have a great meal fast! Just cook the pasta, drain, and then mix in the Sausage chopped into bite-sized pieces. Next, pour it into a pan, like a casserole dish. Heat up the Classico, pour it over and mix it in the pasta and sausage. Top it with 2 cups of the mozzerella, and let it melt on for a few minutes, and perfecto! ;) Wal-Mart's Great Value Brand is another excellent option that is even less expensive and very tasty at just $1.19 a jar!

You are talking big, sexy food here girlfriend!

Sincerely,

NoGluGirl

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