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VioletBlue

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I have to concur. The product is indeed gluten free - unfortunately soy has been added - I guess now it won't work for those soy sensitive. Too bad those of us with food sensitivities always have to check labels - but as seen with this, it is imperative.

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I don't see where anyone has ripped anyone apart? What did I miss?

Betty Crocker is a corporate entity who certainly has the right to do what they want with their products. But at the same time I have a right to note that what they're doing is stupid and tell them so.

By adding soy to a product intended for Celiacs they've just eliminated part of their potential Celiac buyer base. Why would they do what they did? No one wants to sell to FEWER people. Don't they want to sell the cake mix to as many people as possible? Perhaps they don't realize what they've done and they need to be educated. Or perhaps they simply don't care because their plan all along was to cater to the casual gluten free diner who does not have to avoid gluten but chooses to and they never really gave a fig about us to begin with.

I don't know, but I do know I have a right to voice my opinion and will continue to do so. If you say nothing, do nothing, then nothing can ever change. I'd rather speak up in the hopes of changing their point of view. If soy in gluten free food is not an issue for you than congratulations, seriously. You are luckier than you know.


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as long as you put it back where you got it when you're done with it."

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Betty Crocker promised a GLUTEN-FREE mix. They delivered a GLUTEN-FREE mix. They have changed the ingredients in their still-GLUTEN-FREE mix.

I realize that some of us have other issues. Those who do must read the ingredient list on everything, including products labeled gluten-free. Soy is a top eight allergen, so in the US it will be clearly disclosed. Milk issues, either lactose or casein, are more common among celiacs, but milk is also a top eight allergen.

Maybe somebody can make a gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, egg-free, corn-free, potato-free, nut-free, tapioca-free cake mix. There will probably still be a celiac somewhere who can't use it. The rest of us won't be able to afford it.

I don't see how continuing to bash Betty Crocker (or each other) is helping anyone.


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Betty Crocker promised a GLUTEN-FREE mix. They delivered a GLUTEN-FREE mix. They have changed the ingredients in their still-GLUTEN-FREE mix.

I realize that some of us have other issues. Those who do must read the ingredient list on everything, including products labeled gluten-free. Soy is a top eight allergen, so in the US it will be clearly disclosed. Milk issues, either lactose or casein, are more common among celiacs, but milk is also a top eight allergen.

Maybe somebody can make a gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, egg-free, corn-free, potato-free, nut-free, tapioca-free cake mix. There will probably still be a celiac somewhere who can't use it. The rest of us won't be able to afford it.

I don't see how continuing to bash Betty Crocker (or each other) is helping anyone.

I agree completely. And I am someone that is unable to eat these due to the soy. I am thankful that Betty Crocker is making something that is safe for most us and to bash them for adding other allergens is in my opinion counterproductive for us. Lot of other gluten-free companies use soy in their products, Glutino pretzels, many of the products that come from Europe, Ener-g puts it in their crackers... well I could go on. We don't see folks bashing those companies. I do understand the frustration of those of us who don't tolerate soy, I live with it every day, but there are alternatives.


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I don't know VioletBlue, maybe you're still really angry about Betty Crocker that you're not seeing how some of your posts are coming across. Everyone is allowed and welcomed to have their own opinions for sure, but some of your comments on this thread having come across as very accepting of other opinions. Maybe once the dust settles and you re-read it you'll see what I'm picking up on. No one is telling you that you don't have a "right" to voice your opinion but when you say things like "so you don't have a soy allergy, congrats"...it's not coming across very nicely.

That being said, its easy to read tones that maybe aren't there in a thread for sure.

However unfortunate it may be that Betty Crocker has now added soy to their product. As Peter said, they promised a gluten free product and that is what they're delivering. I'm not a chef so I can't really comment on why they're changing the ingredients now but while I appreciate your information us of the change...I appreciate Betty Crocker more for offering the celiac community a quality product.

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The issue is obviously not yours, congratulations. For those of us, and there are quite a few here, with multiple allergies and intolerances it is a problem. Soy is one of the seven top allergens and many people, not just Celiacs are allergic to it. It is unfortunate that a company like Betty Crocker, in trying to service the Gluten Free community has gone about it with about the same level of sensitivity as you seem to posses. I had hoped for more from Betty Crocker.

and p.s....this is a pretty solid example of ripping someone apart. Whether that was your intention or not.

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