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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Read through some of the comments on that BHA link before, and one of the commentors said they got this response from the company:

"We apologize that are our first response did not fully answer your question. Our Gluten Free Chex cereals are not produced in a gluten free facility. We do, however, ensure against cross-contamination with gluten-containing ingredients and products through thorough cleaning and sanitation processes, including testing between gluten and gluten free product runs based on FDA proposed regulations. Our Gluten Free Betty Crocker mixes, however, are produced in a gluten free processing facility."

This was Jan 2010, so maybe it's changed since then, but "gluten-free facility" and "Cleaning and sanitation process" is a completely different ballgame. Testing only picks up gluten above a certain amount, and the more sensitive the more expensive the test, so possibly there's < 20ppm gluten, which means they can happily label the cereal "Gluten free".

Other comments said "My son has a anaphylactic allergy to wheat, eats chex without any reaction bla bla bla", and others said "I had a months bout of DH after eating Chex, it is *not* gluten free"." DH being a specific reaction to gluten, can't be blamed on the BHT :)

Very interesting about the BHT - going to check all the gluten-free items I've had a "reaction" to... Also explains why I can't eat processed food without getting a stomach ache D:

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Read through some of the comments on that BHA link before, and one of the commentors said they got this response from the company:

"We apologize that are our first response did not fully answer your question. Our Gluten Free Chex cereals are not produced in a gluten free facility. We do, however, ensure against cross-contamination with gluten-containing ingredients and products through thorough cleaning and sanitation processes, including testing between gluten and gluten free product runs based on FDA proposed regulations. Our Gluten Free Betty Crocker mixes, however, are produced in a gluten free processing facility."

This was Jan 2010, so maybe it's changed since then, but "gluten-free facility" and "Cleaning and sanitation process" is a completely different ballgame. Testing only picks up gluten above a certain amount, and the more sensitive the more expensive the test, so possibly there's < 20ppm gluten, which means they can happily label the cereal "Gluten free".

Other comments said "My son has a anaphylactic allergy to wheat, eats chex without any reaction bla bla bla", and others said "I had a months bout of DH after eating Chex, it is *not* gluten free"." DH being a specific reaction to gluten, can't be blamed on the BHT :)

Very interesting about the BHT - going to check all the gluten-free items I've had a "reaction" to... Also explains why I can't eat processed food without getting a stomach ache D:

Those are very different distinctions indeed. uh-oh....I mentioned earlier in this post that the gluten-free Chex were made in a "dedicated gluten-free facility" based on what another member said(a very well-informed "pro" :) on here told us in another post about Chex cereal --and he seems to be quite knowledgable about such things)

I have a "heart flutter, racy feeling" after the Cinnamon Chex myself--not sure why? but tolerate the rice and corn ones all right. Too bad, the cinnamon ones are quite tasty..... :(

How will we ever know?--as long as that <20 ppm designation is allowed..... :unsure:

......I have read the blog "GFE" --

http://glutenfreeeasily.com/my-trip-to-general-mills-a-k-a-betty-crocker-central/

and she says her trip to General Mills last November for a gluten-free summit revealed that the gluten-free Chex are made in a separate SECTION--not a separate facility. :blink:

Just FYI.

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Well, i've tried a few things with BHT and it hasn't bothered me one bit. Then a week ago I tried the Gluten free honey nut chex. Big d, and same old gluten symptoms.

So, it's not the BHT. But at least i have found a couple of cereals I can eat with no reactions. That is the Wlamart brand toasted rice in the blue and white box and the shure fine brand rice cereal.

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