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Julie-uk-nz

Queenstown, New Zealand

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Hi Guys,

I moved to Queenstown a couple of months ago and eating out has become possible again :D

Menu's have gluten free options and the servers are gluten free knowledgable or they will find the information out for you with no probelms.

Just thought I'd let you know if you're planning a holiday over here.

Cheers Julie

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Thanks. We are actually planning a visit to Australia and New Zealand. From what I hear, it will be easier to eat out than it is here in the US.

Our first trip this year will be to the UK actually. (My husband is retiring in 1 1/2 months; hence the idea of multiple trips -- I don't know if we'll keep this up or not).

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If you're travelling to Australia, Sydney and Melbourne have some great gluten-free places, and you can generally get a wide range of gluten-free products in supermarkets. A good website is www.yourrestaurants.com to find a range of gluten-free restaurants. However, there are still a few places we went to when travelling to Australia that aren't necessarily advertised as celiac friendly, so you just have to look around. I've also heard from a friend of mine that England is very celiac friendly, as there are so many celiacs over there, so hopefully you'll find it pretty easy to find gluten-free food.

Have fun on your holiday!

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Hey Guys,

I arrived in Dunedin, New Zealand in the beginning of January and since then I've been having a really hard time reading labels. I was recently diagnosed with celiac (Oct 2009) but I've got a pretty good grip on what chemicals/preservatives I can and can't eat. The only issue here is New Zealand food ingredients are numbers more often than words and I don't know what those numbers equate to in words. As you can imagine I've been messing up (a lot) and haven't been feeling that great. Does anyone know where I can find a list of gluten free ingredients in number form? I don't really know where else to ask - people at the actual grocery stores aren't really that helpful.

I would really appreciate any help!

Thank you!

Jessie

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Hey Guys,

I arrived in Dunedin, New Zealand in the beginning of January and since then I've been having a really hard time reading labels. I was recently diagnosed with celiac (Oct 2009) but I've got a pretty good grip on what chemicals/preservatives I can and can't eat. The only issue here is New Zealand food ingredients are numbers more often than words and I don't know what those numbers equate to in words. As you can imagine I've been messing up (a lot) and haven't been feeling that great. Does anyone know where I can find a list of gluten free ingredients in number form? I don't really know where else to ask - people at the actual grocery stores aren't really that helpful.

I would really appreciate any help!

Thank you!

Jessie

Jessie, I posted this in your other thread. Here it is again:

FSANZ has also produced a booklet called

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Hi Jessie

You don't really need to know what the numbers mean. In Australia and NZ all labels, by law, must indicate if the product contains wheat, rye, oats or barley. Therefore if you do not see any of these words in the ingredient list, the product is gluten free. Also, keep in mind that the words 'gluten free' on a label override the ingredient list.

NZ and Australia have the same labelling laws, so if you contact the local coeliac society in either country they should be able to help you out if you have further questions regarding reading labels.

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Hi Jessie

You don't really need to know what the numbers mean. In Australia and NZ all labels, by law, must indicate if the product contains wheat, rye, oats or barley. Therefore if you do not see any of these words in the ingredient list, the product is gluten free. Also, keep in mind that the words 'gluten free' on a label override the ingredient list.

NZ and Australia have the same labelling laws, so if you contact the local coeliac society in either country they should be able to help you out if you have further questions regarding reading labels.

As Olivegirl says you can tell straight away if a product is gluten free just by reading the label. All allergy causing ingredients must be stated on label by law. There are 3 exceptions to this rule though. If you see glucose syrup (wheat), Dextrose (wheat) and caramel (wheat) they are GLUTEN FREE as they are so highly processed that there is no detectable gluten. Otherwise if you see wheat on the label than it is NOT gluten free. Once you know how to read labels it should be a breeze finding gluten free foods in NZ and Australia as they have the same labelling laws.

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