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  1. I was ecstatic to see the Gluten-Free claim on Rice Chex and Corn Chex in the cereal aisle three weeks ago. I immediately bought a box of each, and have been eating a bowl of either one each a.m. (usually Rice Chex) with Lactaid (I always use Lactaid with any cereal I eat). I immediately began having G.I. Symptoms (bloating, gas, diarrhea), but it was intermittent and there was NOTHING in my diet that had been changed. And, I was assured by the Gluten-Free claim on the boxes of Chex. So, I thought maybe I was getting sick or something. Over the past three weeks, I have steadily gone way downhill. I am now in full-blown Celiac symptom mode with bloating, frequent and urgent terrible diarrhea, gas, and extreme fatigue. I haven't had a normal bowel movement in over a week. I have re-contacted all pharmaceutical mfrs for any changes in fillers, and have come up empty. The only change to my diet over the past 3 weeks has been the Chex. I'm disappointed, but I can't see any other source as the cause! I feel badly, because I really appreciate that General Mills is trying to accommodate Celiacs. This was such an appreciated and welcome development, that I hate to complain, but I am at a loss for any other explanation. I called General Mills and they were very sympathetic but very emphatic that the Chex cereals that I have eaten (Rice Chex and Corn Chex) are indeed gluten free and are produced ENTIRELY on dedicated lines with dedicated equipment. I expected GM to perhaps be a little evasive, but the customer rep was very very willing to state that indeed, the cereal is truly truly Gluten Free. With that being said, I have now eliminated the Chex from my diet again, ... it's been 4 days, and I am finally feeling better. I really am perplexed. I absolutely WANT to be able to eat a regularly-priced, good tasting, mainstream cereal. They HAVE my business 100%, but I guess I can't go there right now, because it really seems like they made me sick. I want this product to be a success, but I can't help wanting to take that cereal to a lab and get it tested for gluten levels. Not to say "GOTCHA", but rather, to try to figure out whether there really is a problem, if I'm crazy, or if there is some ingredient or equipment problem that could be to blame in the boxes that I have purchased.
  2. I was ecstatic to see the Gluten-Free claim all over Rice Chex and Corn Chex in the cereal aisle three weeks ago. I immediately bought a box of each, and have been eating a bowl of either one each a.m. (usually Rice Chex) with Lactaid (I always use Lactaid with any cereal I eat). I immediately began having G.I. Symptoms (bloating, gas, diarrhea), but it was intermittent and there was NOTHING in my diet that had been changed. And, I was assured by the Gluten-Free claim on the boxes of Chex. So, I thought maybe I was getting sick or something. Over the past three weeks, I have steadily gone way downhill. I am now in full-blown Celiac symptom mode with bloating, constant terrible diarrhea, gas, and extreme fatigue. I have re-contacted all pharmaceutical mfrs for any changes in fillers, and have come up empty. The only change to my diet over the past 3 weeks has been the Chex. I'm disappointed, but I can't see any other source as the cause! I feel badly, because I really appreciate that General Mills is trying to accommodate Celiacs. But, I feel like they need to do something to double-check contamination issues or gluten-levels in whatever they are using in these cereals (both Corn Chex & Rice Chex are the ones I have been eating). I have noted other strings on Celiac.com where others are experiencing problems as well.
  3. I was ecstatic when I unexpectedly saw the Gluten-Free Chex in the grocery store. I immediately bought the Rice Chex and the Corn Chex. I have been eating a bowl of Chex (either one, but usually Rice Chex) every a.m. with Lactaid for the last few weeks. I started noticing intermittant GI problems (diarrhea, bloating, etc.) right away, but I knew there was nothing with gluten in my diet, so I didn't change my chex intake. It's been three weeks now, and I am now in full-blown Celiac mode. Completely exhausted & fatigued, unbelieveable worst-case scenario G.I. trouble... Pretty much can't eat anything right now without having terrible symptoms. I am so disappointed. I am wondering if someone might test the Chex? There MUST be something wrong! I have not changed my diet in any other way. I have gone back and re-checked all my normal medications and supplements, (Synthroid, Ortho-Cept, Viactiv, etc.), and nothing has changed. I even investigated in detail pharmaceutical mfrs to see if a new filler might have been added somewhere. It must be the Chex. AAARGH!