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Grain Alcohols And Cooking Spray

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Hi,

Has anyone else had a reaction to cooking sprays? I used PAM Canola Oil Cooking Spray (which contains grain alcohol) for some brownies this past week and I haven't felt quite right. I contacted ConAgra and they said "Unfortunately, we are not able to guarantee that our products ingredients are gluten-free, since the source of an ingredient may change from time to time." What cooking sprays are "safe" to use?

Thanks!

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We use Pam original spray with no problems. Even though formulas may change from time to time, Conagra will list in the ingredients if there is gluten.

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I've started just using regular cooking oil (the kind in the bottle) and a refillable oil spritzer. I think it tastes better than Pam

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We also use PAM Original regularly, and have never had a problem.

The disclaimer you heard is just that. They don't test their ingredients, so they will not be responsible if a supplier's error causes them to receive and use an ingredient which has been accidentally contaminated. Even gluten-free specialty manufacturers don't usually "guarantee" gluten-free status.

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Hi Devo,

I contacted ConAgra concerning another one of their products (Hunt's tomato products) and received this response this morning.

Sorry it's so long! I hope this helps some more.

"Thank you for your request for more information about the ingredients in our products.

The Food and Drug Administration has rules we are required to follow regarding labeling. If we add a common allergen, it is listed on the ingredient statement even if it appears in small quantities. We do purchase certain ingredients from suppliers, and they are required to comply with the identical FDA regulations pertaining to labeling. We periodically audit our suppliers to ensure that their labels are current and in full compliance with all FDA and USDA regulations. In addition, ConAgra Foods labels separately in a 'Contains' statement these Top 8 Food Allergens on their products: Milk, Egg, Wheat, Soy, Peanut, Tree Nuts, Crustacean Shell Fish, Fish. Please check the ingredient list on the package as products are reformulated from time to time and ingredients may change.

Unfortunately, we are not able to guarantee that our products ingredients are gluten-free, since the source of an ingredient may change from time to time. We understand how difficult it can be finding foods that meet the requirements of a restricted diet, and we continue to look for ways to meet the dietary needs of our consumers.

Please be aware that although ConAgra Foods cannot certify products to be gluten-free, we can assist you by affirming that a product has been formulated without commonly known gluten containing ingredients. The flour used in our products is often wheat flour and should be avoided by individuals with gluten sensitivities. Some fermented or distilled products, such as vinegar, may be derived from wheat. We suggest you speak with your physician to determine if you need to avoid distilled products derived from wheat, rye, barley, or oats. We always advise consumers who may have sensitivities to recheck the ingredient list on each package. Products are oftentimes reformulated and the ingredients may change. If Natural Flavors, Artificial Flavors, or Spices listed in the ingredients list contain wheat, oat, barley, or rye, these ingredients would be listed in parenthesis immediately following the ingredient.

ConAgra Foods would like to help you with this request to the best of our ability. However, because the information you have requested is considered to be proprietary and a trade secret of ConAgra Foods, we are unable to supply this information.

If you have any allergen concerns outside of the Top 8 Food Allergens, we recommend you do not consume the product and consult your physician."

I don't like the way PAM tastes on my food so I use regular cooking spray in an oil spritzer bottle. When I did use PAM, I didn't feel very good so I stopped using it.

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CYA. We use Pam all the time.

richard

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