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Trader Joe's- Unofficial Poll

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I just am curious to hear who reacts to Trader Joe's products? A lot of their products are gluten free, but they are made on equipment shared with wheat. I just want to who eats these products specifically from Trader Joe's. I bought their pumpkin butter which is amazing, but I think I am reacting to it because it's made in a facility that processes....

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Kassandra


Dairy/Casein Free- March 2007

Gluten Free- May 2007

Soy Free- August 2007

Sugar Free- January 2008

Starch Free- January 2008

Egg Free (again!)- February 2008

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while I haven't had a lot of problem with their stuff, I don't have it all that often.

the good news, on that product, is that pumpkin butter is super easy to make from scratch - well, super easy from canned pumpkin, and just easy from a whole pie pumpkin, so if you still want it, you can just make your own.


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Inconclusive Blood Tests, Positive Dietary Results, No Endoscopy

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Trader Joe's is about two miles from my house and I can't imagine life without it! I am there about twice a week (am on a hugging basis w/ one of the employees and quite a chatting basis with a couple of others :)) and eat TONS of stuff there, no problems at all!

If you like, I"ll write the long list for you....but many of the things, I think, are made on shared equipment, but I haven't reacted at all.


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Diagnosed January 2006

"I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells." ~Dr. Seuss

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Thank you. I am not sure if I react to their stuff. I think it might be the sugar content in the pumpkin butter. We also live at TJ's. I don't know what we'd do without them either. They know us too! LOL!

Kassandra


Dairy/Casein Free- March 2007

Gluten Free- May 2007

Soy Free- August 2007

Sugar Free- January 2008

Starch Free- January 2008

Egg Free (again!)- February 2008

Sulfur Free- May 2008

Dx'd Lyme Disease and co-infections- December 2007

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Thank you. I am not sure if I react to their stuff. I think it might be the sugar content in the pumpkin butter. We also live at TJ's. I don't know what we'd do without them either. They know us too! LOL!

Kassandra

I'm going to guess it depends on the particular 'trader joes' and also how they make each product. I know I had a gluten-free flourless chocolate cake.. and myself and two of my sons reacted to it (cross-contaminated). Two of my other sons did not react nor my father. We are also sensitive to gluten but the ones that reacted .. we are VERY sensitive.

If you are highly sensitive I wouldn't recommend any product produced on shared equipment for sure and would rule out Trader Joes products.

Another thing.. my dad said he had 'no reaction' but when he originally went completely gluten-free he was off his blood pressure medicine.. he is now back on it (lower dose) and he eats gluten-free when he goes out, etc.. but I believe he would be off his medicine COMPLETELY if he were 100% gluten-free... I think you get used to the cross contamination. I eat only food I prepare at home so that may explain why I have such a high reaction to even the smallest amounts. My children are homeschooled and also do not get gluten. (We are EXTREMELY healthy now and don't get sick either!!!)

Just my 2 cents..

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I'm going to guess it depends on the particular 'trader joes' and also how they make each product. I know I had a gluten-free flourless chocolate cake.. and myself and two of my sons reacted to it (cross-contaminated). Two of my other sons did not react nor my father. We are also sensitive to gluten but the ones that reacted .. we are VERY sensitive.

If you are highly sensitive I wouldn't recommend any product produced on shared equipment for sure and would rule out Trader Joes products.

Another thing.. my dad said he had 'no reaction' but when he originally went completely gluten-free he was off his blood pressure medicine.. he is now back on it (lower dose) and he eats gluten-free when he goes out, etc.. but I believe he would be off his medicine COMPLETELY if he were 100% gluten-free... I think you get used to the cross contamination. I eat only food I prepare at home so that may explain why I have such a high reaction to even the smallest amounts. My children are homeschooled and also do not get gluten. (We are EXTREMELY healthy now and don't get sick either!!!)

Just my 2 cents..

We eat TJs stuff all the time....much of it is prepared on shared equipment...I suppose the only way to know for sure is to periodically have blood drawn to tell if you are reating to the small possiblity of CC. Even shared equipment must be thoroughly cleaned between products..that insures the taste and quality of the food. We havent had any overt problems with anything we have purchased there...so I suppose its a risk we are willing to take!!!

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We eat so much TJ's food it isn't funy. We don't react to any of the products we have tried (LOTS of them :huh: ), and our antibodies are negative. The thing about Trader Joe's is that they don't produce a lot of their products. They have other companies produce them, and then put the TJ's label on them. Last I heard, their pasta was made by tinkyada, for example. So it would be hard to generalize about reacting to their products, since they are made by so many different companies in so many different places.

My only beef with TJ's is that their gluten-free list has errors on it. I always tell people to use it as a starting place, but not to trust it too far. You still have to check the label every time you buy something.


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We eat so much TJ's food it isn't funy. We don't react to any of the products we have tried (LOTS of them :huh: ), and our antibodies are negative. The thing about Trader Joe's is that they don't produce a lot of their products. They have other companies produce them, and then put the TJ's label on them. Last I heard, their pasta was made by tinkyada, for example. So it would be hard to generalize about reacting to their products, since they are made by so many different companies in so many different places.

My only beef with TJ's is that their gluten-free list has errors on it. I always tell people to use it as a starting place, but not to trust it too far. You still have to check the label every time you buy something.

I've never had a problem, though I don't eat much from there either. My favorite are the Savory Sesame Rice thin crackers...yum...they are about an hour away from me, otherwise, I'd be getting more from them!

I didn't know that their pasta is made by Tinkyada! Yay!! I'll have to get some on the next run. Maybe it will be the same price as when I find it at the discount food store :rolleyes:


Gluten-free after trying unsuccessfully and falling off wagon and becoming so sick--this is when the docs found the Hashimoto's, 2003. I have not eaten gluten willingly since then, until January, 2013. Past GI symptoms, delayed DH rash, biopsies on both have been negative, as well as IgE (all tests performed while not willingly consuming gluten). GERD dx in 2007, citric acid is worst offender. Mushrooms (the regular kind, that is) cause GI symptoms along with occasional rash (different than DH, the red dot kind) and I now wonder how many times I got sick from mushrooms and thought it was gluten contamination.

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I reacted to TJ nuts once, so I won't go there again. I haven't noticed a reaction to anything else, but I'm always nervous when I see those warnings. I guess I just go with a TJ item when I can't find a sub.

Like a locally available dark chocolate bar made without soy lecithin :rolleyes:

Unfortunately, those warning labels are voluntary. Companies decide for themselves whether to have them. (The only restriction I think is that the labels have to be accurate.) So just because one gets something somewhere else that lacks a warning label doesn't mean that it is not manufactured on shared equipment.

The only labelling legally required is for the 8 allergens, with wheat being one (and not gluten, unfortunately). The requirement is for labelling of intentional ingredients. Cross-contamination or unintentional contents don't have to be shown.


McDougall diet (low fat vegan) since 6/00

Gluten free since 1/6/07

Soy free and completely casein and egg free since 2/15/07

Yeast free, on and off, since 3/1/07 -- I can't notice any difference one way or the other

Enterolab results -- 2/15/07

Fecal Antigliladin IgA 140 (Normal Range <10 units)

Fecal Antitissue Transglutaminase IgA 50 (Normal Range <10 units)

Quantitative Microscopic Fecal Fat Score 517 (Normal Range <300 units)

Fecal anti-casein (cow's milk) IgA antibody 127 (Normal Range <10 units)

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0501

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 06xx

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 1,1 (subtype 5,6)

Fecal anti-ovalbumin (chicken egg) IgA antibody 11 (Normal range <10 units)

Fecal Anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae (dietary yeast) IgA 11 (Normal range <10 units)

Fecal Anti-Soy IgA 119 (Normal Range < 10 units)

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I eat Trader Joe's stuff all the time and have never had a problem I could feel on my insides. But, even more objective data is that I just had my annual celiac serologies (blood tests) checked, and everything came back negative, so I say Trader Joes is safe for me. And I sure appreciate how much cheaper their stuff is than Whole Foods' and Sprouts' is.

Susanna


Diagnosed in March 2006 by blood test and biopsy. Eleven year old son diagnosed in May 2006. Both gluten-free since diagnosis.

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I am a new celiac and went to TJ's last night...I only found a couple of things that are gluten-free...is there a list of things I should know to look for?


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I am a new celiac and went to TJ's last night...I only found a couple of things that are gluten-free...is there a list of things I should know to look for?

here's a list. They're always getting new products, so don't assume that just because something's not on the list, it's not safe.

They sell great gluten-free ginger snaps and gluten-free granola. I've heard good things about the gluten-free pancakes too.


"Let food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be food." - Hippocrates

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here's a list. They're always getting new products, so don't assume that just because something's not on the list, it's not safe.

They sell great gluten-free ginger snaps and gluten-free granola. I've heard good things about the gluten-free pancakes too.

OMG I love love LOVE the frozen pancakes!!! Toast in toaster oven to perfection and put a little bit of butter in pure maple syrup, heat that in the microwave - YUM!!!

I also love the gluten-free granola. It's pricey, though......


SUSIE

Diagnosed January 2006

"I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells." ~Dr. Seuss

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I also love the gluten-free granola. It's pricey, though......

I know huh...what's the deal with the billion dollar granola...very unTrader Joe-like. It's pretty much just sugary corn too :rolleyes: Yummy though. I buy it and eat it often :rolleyes:


"Let food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be food." - Hippocrates

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I have reacted to a couple of TJ's things that were made on shared lines (a guac mix and something else). I now avoid anything from Tj's that says shared lines. I am very sensitive, and I am also a bit more careful than many that I know, because when I get sick it takes a long time for me to get better. I used to be a bit more blase about the shared lines thing, but now I'm getting pretty militant about not buying anything that states its made on a shared line.


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Inconclusive Biopsy 7/20/05

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I really like Trader Joe's and haven't had any issues myself. My only gripe is that they actually have a /lot/ of gluten-free products that simply aren't marked as gluten-free on the packages -- unless, of course, you read the ingredients. Hopefully, their new labelling system will deal with that. It will make shopping so much easier!


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