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So Difficult (And Frustrated) With Companies Not Labelling Properly

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That is an amazing story Mushroom. :o I keep hoping I will get this all down and can dance on with my life. :rolleyes: But it ain't gonna be that easy is it? :blink: So glad you guys share these stories. :ph34r:

Well, yeah, sometimes ya need to know that them what tell others what to do have their own problems, too, ya know. So they are talking from experience :P Here's to dancing in the rain :D:rolleyes:


"Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted." - Albert Einstein

"Life is not weathering the storm; it is learning to dance in the rain"

"Whatever the question, the answer is always chocolate." Nigella Lawson


Caffeine free 1973

Lactose free 1990

(Mis)diagnosed IBS, fibromyalgia '80's and '90's

Diagnosed psoriatic arthritis 2004

Self-diagnosed gluten intolerant, gluten-free Nov. 2007

Soy free March 2008

Nightshade free Feb 2009

Citric acid free June 2009

Potato starch free July 2009

(Totally) corn free Nov. 2009

Legume free March 2010

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With regard to the 20 ppm rule for "gluten-free" -- in the US it does not yet exist.

Despite the requirement in FALCPA for FDA to develop and implement a defintion for "gluten-free" it has not yet happened. So, gluten-free means whatever the company wants it to mean. Worse, it means whatever the plaintiff's lawyer can convice a jury it should mean.

This has led to many companies replying "X is not gluten-free" when asked, even though the product is gluten-free. Their lawyers won't let them say that it is, for fear of a lawsuit. :angry::angry:

The USA is SO FAR BEHIND when it comes to food laws. I live abroad now & the stores are full of foods from all over the world. The very, very best seems to be Australia/New Zealand.

You want fun food labeling? Try to figure out labels that are 100% Arabic and made in a country with NO packaging laws whatsoever. YAY.

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... but I about had a cow when I saw the label - generic distilled vinegar and "made in a facility that also processes.... " and by a company that has a reputation for cross contamination...

Yeah, I got sick on a Mars-brand candy bar that says in one place on the package that the only potential allergen is nuts - then in microscopic print in a fold says, "processed in a facility..." I am extremely anti-Mars EVERYTHING now.

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