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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes

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Hi, I just scared myself when I picked up a bag of "Snickers Popables" and noticed the ingredient: "modified wheat starch." Oh no, I thought, I've been eating Snicker bars, assuming that they were gluten-free! So I called the company, which is actually Master Foods, at 1-866-POPABLE, to inquire. This is what the Customer Service Rep told me. Please feel free to call the above number to confirm for your own peace of mind.

The rep said;

All M&M's are gluten-free, except for the "Crispy M&Ms"

Snicker bars are gluten-free

Snickers almond bars are gluten-free

Aqua drops (hard candy) are gluten-free

Skittles are gluten-free

Starburst is gluten-free

Dove candy bars are gluten-free

Three Musketeers Bars are gluten-free



(except the midnight dark chocolate one)

All "POPABLES" ARE NOT gluten-free!!!!! (all flavors)

The "Popables" have modified wheat starch listed as an ingredient. The CSR checked with the Product Nutrition Rep who elaborated that the "Popables", (unlike the regular candy bars), are processed on the same lines as products with wheat, thus there is a chance of cross-contamination.

I asked the rep to forward my request to modify the "Popables" label to note: the warning of "This product may contain wheat." or "Processed on equipment that also processes wheat."

Read those labels carefully. I thought that the candy bars (like Snickers) and their Popables versions were the same. According to the company they aren't, due to the cross-contamination/equipment issue. So, no "Popables" for us!!

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Those have contained wheat since they came out with them a couple of years ago. Never assume something is gluten free. When the candies change shapes, for example at holiday times, sometimes the formulation changes. Always read labels.

-Jessica :rolleyes:

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