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Lipton Onion Soup Mix Adds Gluten
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While I was shopping today, I found barley listed on Lipton's Onion Soup Mix box for the first time. I called Unilever, and found out that they have indeed decided to change their recipe and add gluten. When I asked why, they couldn't tell me. I can't believe they would add gluten to something that was great the way it was, and I wanted to alert people to this change. Please call Unilever and protest at 1-877-995-4490. In the meantime, does anyone know of an onion soup mix without gluten?

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While I was shopping today, I found barley listed on Lipton's Onion Soup Mix box for the first time. I called Unilever, and found out that they have indeed decided to change their recipe and add gluten. When I asked why, they couldn't tell me. I can't believe they would add gluten to something that was great the way it was, and I wanted to alert people to this change. Please call Unilever and protest at 1-877-995-4490. In the meantime, does anyone know of an onion soup mix without gluten?

oh no......i have two boxes in my pantry.. i did get the email alert regarding the kosher lipton onion soup mix has gluten now.. is this the box you were looking at... i have never seen the kosher box but it is on the product alert list for the shopping guide book...

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Here is an additional thread with good information:

Here is Lipton's contact information:

http://www.recipesec...contact_us.aspx

Consumer Service

If you would like to speak to a live representative please call us at:

1-877-995-4490, Monday - Friday, 8:30a.m. - 6:00p.m. EST.

Confirmed by Lipton by phone today (after holding for a half hour), only Lipton Dry Mix ONION is the only remaining mix that continues to be gluten free. There has been no ingredient change and all gluten related-natural flavoring will be identified on the label, as is the policy of Unilever.

The customer representative did not have an ingredients listing for the Kosher Lipton Dry Mix.

Hope this is helpful.

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Thank you for sharing this. I stupidly bought a new box without checking the ingredients first and sure enough when I checked the box in my cupboard - gluten!

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While I was shopping today, I found barley listed on Lipton's Onion Soup Mix box for the first time. I called Unilever, and found out that they have indeed decided to change their recipe and add gluten. When I asked why, they couldn't tell me. I can't believe they would add gluten to something that was great the way it was, and I wanted to alert people to this change. Please call Unilever and protest at 1-877-995-4490. In the meantime, does anyone know of an onion soup mix without gluten?

I saw that too on their dry mix package. So is it or is it not gluten free. I would love to use it but I didn't buy any.

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This what I understand:

Lipton Onion Recipe Soup & Dip Mix does list Autolyzed Yeast Extract (Barley) - basically MSG. I believe that this is one of those components that is so processes, that it is, in fact gluten free, regardless of the source.

http://www.ehow.com/about_5162033_autolyzed-yeast-extract-gluten.html

The Facts

# Autolysis is a chemical process in which salt and live yeast interacts. The salt causes the live yeast to essentially self-destruct--the digestive enzymes in the yeast "eat" themselves. This creates an inactive yeast with an entirely different set of proteins. Further processing creates autolyzed yeast extract. Many processed foods contain the ingredient; but what few are aware of is that autolyzed yeast extract, with its hearty flavoring, is also an abundant source of MSG.

Read more: What Is Autolyzed Yeast Extract Gluten? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5162033_autolyzed-yeast-extract-gluten.html#ixzz0zF9dDLUA

http://gluten-free-blog.blogspot.com/2006/08/celiac-disease-hidden-epidemic-book.html

# YEAST: Baker's yeast, autolyzed yeast, and autolyzed yeast extract are gluten free. Brewer's yeast if not gluten-free unless it is found in a dietary food supplement, in which case it is gluten-free. All distilled vinegar is gluten-free. Malt vinegar is not distilled and is the only one to be avoided.

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This what I understand:

Lipton Onion Recipe Soup & Dip Mix does list Autolyzed Yeast Extract (Barley) - basically MSG. I believe that this is one of those components that is so processes, that it is, in fact gluten free, regardless of the source.

http://www.ehow.com/about_5162033_autolyzed-yeast-extract-gluten.html

The Facts

# Autolysis is a chemical process in which salt and live yeast interacts. The salt causes the live yeast to essentially self-destruct--the digestive enzymes in the yeast "eat" themselves. This creates an inactive yeast with an entirely different set of proteins. Further processing creates autolyzed yeast extract. Many processed foods contain the ingredient; but what few are aware of is that autolyzed yeast extract, with its hearty flavoring, is also an abundant source of MSG.

Read more: What Is Autolyzed Yeast Extract Gluten? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5162033_autolyzed-yeast-extract-gluten.html#ixzz0zF9dDLUA

http://gluten-free-blog.blogspot.com/2006/08/celiac-disease-hidden-epidemic-book.html

# YEAST: Baker's yeast, autolyzed yeast, and autolyzed yeast extract are gluten free. Brewer's yeast if not gluten-free unless it is found in a dietary food supplement, in which case it is gluten-free. All distilled vinegar is gluten-free. Malt vinegar is not distilled and is the only one to be avoided.

Good to know. I wonder if I am ever going to figure out how to read labels.

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I agree with that bincongo!! Can I ever leave my list of safe stuff at home?? LOL

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I agree with that bincongo!! Can I ever leave my list of safe stuff at home?? LOL

YES! Be a good label reader. Some companies choose to disclose well, now - today. But, who knows what the future will bring. In the five or more years that I have been dealing with Celiac and it's issues, I have seen TREMENDOUS improvements. With hopes, this trend will continue.

Be a good label reader, know what companies are good about all gluten disclosure and be a good citizen. And better yet, be a good representative of the Celiac Community. Represent us well with courtesy and respect. ;)

And do you own research. Be comfortable in your decisions. Ultimately, the choice is yours and only yours. :D

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I went back to the store and read the label again. Now it says - processed in a plant that also processes wheat so I decided not to buy it again. Maybe it is ok but for this week I chose another recipe.

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I am really confused about this topic string. One post says unilever said they put gluten back into their mix and another post says autolized yeast regardless of where it comes from is safe. Is there perhaps another ingedient that unilever is talking about??? Plese help if anyone has gotten through to Unilever

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I am really confused about this topic string. One post says unilever said they put gluten back into their mix and another post says autolized yeast regardless of where it comes from is safe. Is there perhaps another ingedient that unilever is talking about??? Plese help if anyone has gotten through to Unilever

YES, it is very confusing and it will take some time to even understand beyond the basic label reading. Reading labels is a 101 class. Interpreting labels is a 501 class.

Lipton Onion Dip and Mix is Gluten Free. It is the ONLY Lipton dry mix that is gluten free.

Some ingredients, although derived from a wheat/barley/malt byproduct, will be processes to the point that they are rendered gluten free.

But, by law, they need to list any one of the eight allergens. Therefore, wheat may be listed on the ingredient listing. Although, Unilever will list ALL forms of gluten to include barley, malt or rye.

..confused yet? Hoped that helped and not to confuse you more. :unsure:

I find no issues with Lipton Onion Dry mix and have used it for years. In fact I did call Lipton (Unilever) and they gave the the exact ppm...maybe I can find it.

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This is an old discussion.

The ingredients did not actually change, but Unilever expanded their disclosure level regarding gluten. They previously would disclose any gluten above 1 part per million. The soup mix calculates out to be, if I recall correctly from the discussions a year ago, about 40 parts per BILLION. You can get that much by breathing while walking past a bakery.

Some ingredients are so highly processed that it doesn't matter what plant they originate from--there is no detectable protein (gluten) left. Then consider how small a percentage of the finished product the ingredient is. And then you add water to it, diluting it further.

In my judgement, guided by more than ten years as a diagnosed person on a strict gluten-free diet, Lipton Onion Soup Mix will remain on my list of gluten-free products.

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I have been using the Shop Rite store brand of onion soup mix with good results. Their label doesn't show any gluten, but for all I know it's the same story as the Lipton. In any case, I haven't had a reaction to it, so looking for store brands might work for people.

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The Facts

# Autolysis is a chemical process in which salt and live yeast interacts. The salt causes the live yeast to essentially self-destruct--the digestive enzymes in the yeast "eat" themselves. This creates an inactive yeast with an entirely different set of proteins. Further processing creates autolyzed yeast extract. Many processed foods contain the ingredient; but what few are aware of is that autolyzed yeast extract, with its hearty flavoring, is also an abundant source of MSG.

Just out of curiosity - do you know where exactly barley is involved in the process of making autolyzed yeast? It's something I've looked at a number of times, and I honestly haven't found anything that explains it in a way that I can determine exaclty HOW barley is involved in the process, you know? Sounds like you've looked into this much more than I have, so hoping you might be able to explain it. :-)

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I like to use this: http://allrecipes.co...mix/detail.aspx to replace the Onion Soup Mix. It tastes basically the same and, possible gluten issues aside, it's not chock full of artificial flavorings, colors, or preservatives.

I love this recipe! My 8 year old was asking for meatloaf for dinner tomorrow. I think I'm going to use this. Kills 2 birds: no gluten and no unnecessary chemicals! Thanks!

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