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  1. I always thought that Silk Soy milk was free of gluten and casein, but I noticed that none of their products are on the listen of gluten/casein free products from Whole Foods.

    According to their website they are not certified gluten free, nor do they test for gluten. It used to have the label on it but no longer does. They do not ask their suppliers either. Some time next year they will have a form of testing in place, till then, who knows. I have noticed that it has been upsetting my stomach for the last few weeks so I switched to 8th continent. Problems gone. I have no idea about the casein, as that is not a problem for me.

  2. I have recently contacted the following companies:

    ALOETTE: NOT Gluten-Free

    ***Thank you for your interest in Aloette! We are sorry for the

    inconvenience but, Astral Brands does not currently have a product list

    for our products that contain gluten. We would like to explain that most

    of our raw materials come from many different suppliers and we use

    multiple sources in the manufacture of our products. Due to this, it is

    possible that small amounts of a wheat sourced ingredient may remain on

    shared manufacturing equipment even after thorough cleaning, causing

    concern for cross contamination in our products.Therefore, it is not possible for us to fully guarantee that our

    products are completely free of ingredients that may cause an allergic

    reaction in sensitive individuals who react to gluten.***

    L'OREAL: Gives a gluten ingredient list:

    ***Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour

    Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract

    Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil

    Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran

    Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein



    Dextrin Palmitate

    Disodium Wheatgermamphodiacetate

    Hordeum Vulgare Extract

    Hydrolyzed Malt Extract

    Hydrolyzed Oat Flour

    Hydrolyzed Oat Protein

    Hydrolyzed Oats

    Hydrolyzed Wheat Flour

    Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten

    Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein

    Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer

    Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch

    Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein

    Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein

    Malt Extract


    Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Flour

    Sodium C8-16 Isoalkylsuccinyl Wheat Protein Sulfonate

    Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acid

    Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract

    Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil

    Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Gluten

    Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch

    Wheat Amino Acids

    Wheat Germ Glycerides

    Wheat Germamidopropalkonium Chloride

    Wheat Protein

    Wheatgermamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate

    Yeast Extract

    OLAY: Some are (the entire PRO X line), some are not (but they did not resist the temptation to tell me that my inquiry was not necessary, according to their consulted doctors, as the items are applied externally - which seemed to insult the very nature of my inquiry as well as both my experience and intelligence)

    ***We know Celiac is a serious disease, so we want to give you clear information regarding the use of our beauty care products. If wheat and/or gluten aren't directly added to a product by us, these ingredients won't be listed on our packages. Like many companies, we often purchase the scents for fragranced products from outside suppliers, and the components of these substances are proprietary information belonging to those companies. Therefore it's possible that a very small amount (generally parts per million) of gluten may be present. It may be helpful to know that the entire Pro X line is gluten free.

    We sought advice from physicians; they told us it would be very unlikely a person with Celiac disease would have a reaction from a trace amount of gluten coming into contact with his skin or hair. This is because wheat, rye, barley and/or gluten generally cause symptoms when they're ingested. Since our beauty care products are designed to be used externally on the skin, their use shouldn't be an issue for someone with this disease.

    Since gluten sensitivity can vary among people, it would be best if you consulted with your physician about the use of all types of consumable goods, if you haven't already. You might even consider using one of our fragrance free products that doesn't list gluten or wheat extracts on the label.

    Thanks again for getting in touch with us. I hope this response has been helpful to you. For more information about Celiac, you may want to check out http://celiac.com/ and http://celiac.org***

    URBAN DECAY: Sent a spreadsheet of their products with the gluten/wheat free question answered in a column.


    SMASHBOX: Sent me a list of their items that CONTAIN Gluten - as most do not.

    ***The following are products that contain Gluten:


    Bionic Mascara

    Brow Tech to Go, Brunette

    Brow Tech to Go, Taupe

    Layer Lash Primer

    Halo Hydrating Perfecting Bronzer

    Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder, Fair

    Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder, Light

    Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder, Medium

    Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder, Dark

    Halo Eye Shadow, Peach Cocoa

    Halo Eye Shadow, Pewter/Smoke

    Halo Eye Shadow, Bisque/Almond

    Halo Eye Shadow, Petal/Plum

    Try Me Kit Vol. 2

    Doubletake Lip Color, Praline

    Doubletake Lip Color, Gossamer

    Doubletake Lip Color, Sugar Spice

    Doubletake Lip Color, Cranberry

    Doubletake Lip Color, Amaretto

    Doubletake Lip Color, Currant

    Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss

    Lipstick, Lip Treatment

    Lipstick Tinted Treatment, Solar

    Lipstick Tinted Treatment, Ray

    Lipstick Tinted Treatment, Beam

    Lipstick Tinted Treatment, Shine

    *be sure to double check the complete ingredients on the unit carton or we can email them to you. This list does not include seasonal items or items that maybe found in kits. ***

    This is all I have heard so far.

    I would love the Urban Decay list!!!! I have emailed them several times and never received a response.


  3. Lot's of the products they sell (here in Ireland anyway) state Gluten Free on their Labelling.

    Their Gluten Free Statement meets the latest world criteria (except Australia) of < 20PPM.

    My advice is read the labels.

    Gluten Free goods.

    some chocolate bars

    some candies

    some soups

    salami, frankfurters and cold cuts.

    bacon joints and rashers

    some yoghurts

    some ready meals

    some frozen meals

    some tinned goods

    the list is too long.

    Best Regards,


    Thank you David.

    When I looked at the packaging of several items, not a single one had the words gluten free that I looked at. This included a variety of nuts, nut mixes, as well as items like rice cakes, cereals, meats and such. I have not been able to find any info,other than a couple of their soymilk products are supposedly labeled gluten free, but the store I was in had none, and as they make a point here in the United States to avoid customer contact.

  4. An Aldi's grocery store opened not to far from me. Other than the obvious like produce, has anyone had any experience with them? What about their labeling policies? Just trying to figure out if I should even stop there for anything other than produce. Reading some of the labels appeared safe, but not sure as if their labeling policy is upfront about gluten as well.

    Any help would be appreciated.


  5. I live north of Dallas in the Plano area. I was wondering if there were any support groups in this area. I just turned 60 and have Colitis, IBS, gluten and dairy intolerances. This has been a difficult change for me but I must admit I feel better. The pain and bloating has all but gone. I could use a support group if there were any around this area.

    I occasionaly attent the North Texas Gluten Intolerance Group's meetings, they meet in North Richland Hills monthly. There is a group on your side of town, Lone Star Celiac, which you can look up. DFWceliac.org

    Both have informational websites.

  6. This is incorrect. I just received an email from Progresso. Here is their reply. In other words, if the can says "Gluten Free" it is. The lists on the internet are not always up to date.

    [i]General Mills offers several products that are labeled gluten-free. Please check the package label for the gluten-free statement on the front/side/back of the package. Only products that can be verified to be gluten free will be declared as gluten free on the label. It is important to check the product label each time you purchase a product because it has the most accurate information about the product in the package.

    Because we constantly strive to improve our products′ quality and nutritional value, the most up-to-date product information is on the package the product is purchased in. For that reason, we do not distribute product information lists as they could quickly become outdated

    General Mills has released a website that lists specific Gluten Free products. It clearly states that Gluten Free will be on the label.

    This list was updated Recently, and several of Progresso's soups have been removed. Including the Creamy Mushroom.


    Progresso Gluten Free Soups:

    "Progresso® Rich & Hearty• Rich & Hearty Chicken Corn Chowder 41196-91416

    Progresso® Traditional• Traditional 99% Fat Free New England Clam Chowder 41196-91184

    • Traditional Chicken Cheese Enchilada 41196-91513

    • Traditional Manhattan Clam Chowder 41196-91111

    • Traditional Southwestern Style Chicken 41196-91504

    Progresso® Vegetable Classics• Vegetable Classics 99% Fat Free Lentil 41196-91181

    • Vegetable Classics French Onion 41196-91093

    • Vegetable Classics Hearty Black Bean 41196-91035

    • Vegetable Classics Lentil 41196-91022"

    Progresso's website takes you to this.

  7. In the past, Everyday Minerals was heavily recommended on this forum. As they have removed their Gluten Free status, are people still feeling the same way about them? I didn't think to look before I placed an order, and now that I have placed a rather large order I am hoping I didn't make a huge mistake. Any thoughts? Ideas? Input? Reassurance??

    Greatly appreciated.


  8. When I worked at Burger King, they did not have a designated fryer. Also, the onion rings are placed directly next to the fries, which is why many people find fries in their rings and rings in their fries. The only thing that had a truly designated fryer was the fish, as no one wants their chicken smelling like fish. Sonic also says their fries are gluten free, but they fry them with the onion rings as well as tater tots. I have never found a location that has a designated fryer. I also find it interesting that Wendys FINALLY took fries of their gluten free options, as I had yet to find one with a designated fryer either.

  9. I had that frequently before I was diagnosed. I never knew when to expect it. I just remember the worst incident being when I couldn't wake myself up. It was really creepy. Kept looking at the clock screaming for help. My body wouldn't move yet I felt like I was moving. Not something I care to have occur again. Maybe a deficiency? Is he under a lot of stress? Maybe need to have some bloodwork checked?

  10. Wow this is a touchy topic. I am going to be brief. As a victim of private insurance, I have a strong desire to see changes made. I doubt that what has passed so far will go much further. This whole thing is a lose-lose situation and I really don't see it getting better any time soon. Yes, something needs to be done, but there is too much money involved. By the time anything goes into law, nothing will change. People will still die from not being able to afford medical care, people's lives will still be destroyed financially due to a medical situation. Insurance companies will still refuse testing. Doctors will still be frustrated, as will the patients.