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Zing Bars contain dairy

29 May

Many Zing Bars contain dairy and are mislabelled. Check the FDA recall list for more info.

All bars containing dairy have been removed from the shelves at Gluten Free Specialty Grocery

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Gluten Free should also be Wheat Free

11 Apr

Here is what I woke up to in my email box this morning:

“Hey Melanie,
 Great question and we are glad you reached out to us!
 Actually, all of our products are Gluten free in accordance to guidelines laid out by the FDA. We do use Wheat Germ Oil in our product, but it is Gluten Free. This difference is a result of how the Wheat Germ Oil is processed.”

FYI:
Wheat germ oil, no matter how it is processed, continues to contain wheat and therefore should not be labelled gluten free by any company.

Gluten Free Google Trending: Response to Gluten Dude

19 Feb

Both the term gluten free and the term Celiac are moving upward on Google Trend Analytic. I am a researcher and I study the growth, and movement of gluten free and celiac within the community.

(1) It is important to know that Celiac is a term often used in solo and organizations across the globe have been fighting for years as to whether the term disease should be attached.

(2) According to a consortium at Stanford 3 years ago, the term celiac is increasing awareness at the rate of an epidemic, slow and steady.  The gluten free trend, if you see the following graph, is increasing awareness of celiac at a faster rate then before the google trending began.

Google Trending: Gluten Free vs Celiac vs Celiac Disease

I am an advocate for change and it appears that many of you are like-minded.

I have been working night and day for 5 years now to change the Sacramento and out lying areas into increased gluten awareness and gluten free safety. I sit as a label reading expert for the State of California and I am working with groups of like minded individuals to make changes in food safety and awareness of celiac, gluten intolerance, gluten allergies and gluten sensitivity. Yet we are fighting against big organizations, in particular an organization that controls commerce & an organization that controls the grocery industry.

What I recommend is that we stop looking at who needs to be gluten free and who doesn’t need to be gluten free and we start looking at how we can band together.  We are stronger as a group then we are as individuals.

Gluten Dude does a great job advocating for change through social media and I recommend that we all connect together and become social advocates for change. We are our community and it is us who can take action and change the environment we live in.

I am available online through:

facebook.com/melaniegfs

facebook.com/glutenfreespecialty

twitter.com/melanieweir

twitter.com/gfspecialty

If you’re a business catering to gluten free individuals, I am also available for contact through linked in:

linkedin.com/melanieweir

Gluten Free in the Year of 2013

26 Jan

In case you haven’t noticed, the term gluten free has become a buzz word this year.  We’ve seen articles pop up in magazines, newspapers and online blogs, while restaurants rush to accomodate for the growing need for gluten free specialty products.

In case you haven’t heard… we have a plethora of fresh bread options this week including :

Julian Bakery’s Paleo Bread (grain free and only 5grams of carbs a slice… and the slices are large)

Silver Hills Organic Warrior Chia or Warrior Chia & Flax Bread (egg free, low # of ingredients)

Rudi’s Organic multigrain, cinnamon raisin or plain bread

Renee’s Egg Free Bread cinnamon raisin or sandwich (ask for the $2 off newletter special & save on FROZEN)

New Grains Sourdough, Sandwich (white or multigrain), cinnamon raisin, english muffins, dinner rolls or hamburger buns

Mariposa Cinnamon Rolls, Baguettes & Pizza

Miglet’s Bakery FROZEN special $8.50 cupcakes & other deals – Fresh delivery next week

Bless Your Heart Bakery 20% off selected crackers + Fresh delivery of almost zero sugar cookies & candies box, sugar free brownies or oh la lava cake & quinoa flat bread crackers

Almond & Coconut Sugar Free Yogurt

Cultured Kitchen cashew cheese, dressings, cultured veggies, raw veggie pattie or sandwich kits, raw truffle chocolates & more

This Weeks Gluten Free News Update:

Individuals with Gluten Allergies, Celiac and Gluten Intolerance need to beware. Many companies that have provide gluten free options for decades are struggling to produce products fast enough.  This combined with 2 serious fiscal downfalls has resulted in shortened staffing, lack of proper machine maintenance and repairs and a lack of proper equipment upgrades.  For this reason many recalls are occuring.

In the past few weeks:

Kinnikinnick missed an egg allergy alert on their packaging (though it is in the ingredient list) and resulted in a voluntary recall.

Applegate Chicken Nuggets were mislabeled.  Gluten filled nuggets were placed in gluten free boxes due to the company trying to cut the production time down between the gluten free and gluten filled nuggets. According to the company new procedures are in place to prevent this from ever happening again. We trust that with their new allergy plan this won’t happen again and have decided to maintain carrying their product lines.

Pamela’s had a recall when fragments of foreign particles landed in specific products.

Be sure to stay up to date on Gluten Free Recalls:

(1) Check Out Recall Information at http://www.glutenfreealert.com

(2) Update Your Customer Profile Information & Use Your Phonenumber When You Make Purchases (this way when a recall happens, you get contacted as soon as possible)

If you didn’t see it on the news this week, college students have been supported in their need for dietary restrictions in a government ruling made this week. Check out NPR’s artice: College Student With Food Allergies Make Legal Gains

Many individuals and companies are jumping on the Gluten Free Bandwagon, but it’s important to remember that not all gluten free products are created equal. Know what you’re looking for and what your dietary needs are before selecting your food choices.
At the Gluten Free Specialty Market we strive to provide you with all of your dietary needs. We even spend time budgeteering to make sure everyone saves on their shopping bill. Be sure to take advantage of our Winter Savings.

Thank you so much everyone for your support and remember… everytime you purchase from us at Gluten Free Specialty Grocery Market, you’re renting space for your favorite products to stay on the shelf.

If you can’t get out her don’t dispair… we can special order it by the case in the future if we can’t maintain the shelf space.

Applegate Not Gluten Free Chicken Nugget Recall

26 Jan

Applegate assures customers the recall was an isolated incident, that procedures have been made to prevent the problem from ever happening again. Please let us know what you think? http://www.applegate.com/allergen-alert-recall

Pamela’s Products Recall

23 Jan

Class II Recall:
Pamela’s Foods is recalling the following products. Please return effected products for any grocer that you purchased it from be sure to check UPC & BB (best buy) first.

24 OZ PAM PANCAKE BAKING MIX
UPC 093709-30010-6
BB Sep 26 2013

13.6 OZ PAM CHOCOLATE CHIP CKIES
UPC 093709-30050-2
BB Oct 7 2013

21 OZ PAM CHOCOLATE CAKE MIX
UPC 093709-30040-3
BB Sep 11/13, Sep 19/13 & Oct 4/13

5.29 OZ OG3 PAM PBTR CCHIP CKIES
UPC 093709-40180-3
BB Apr 14, 2013

On a good note, Pamela’s will be moving to a larger facility.
Perhaps this will help prevent future problems. This company is one of the oldest companies to provide Celiacs with safe gluten free products. They are the first gluten free cookie I ever had 10 years ago.

http://www.specialtyfood.com/news-trends/featured-articles/article/gluten-free-company-moves-larger-ukiah-facility/

Applegate Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets Recalled

20 Jan

Applegate Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets Recalled

Products Packaged on Sept. 19, 2012
Lot number “210864”
Best before date “08/28/13”
UPC code “25317-00556”

Product Contains WHEAT

Read more: http://q13fox.com/2013/01/18/applegate-frozen-gluten-free-chicken-nuggets-recalled/#ixzz2ITroYL31
Read more at http://q13fox.com/2013/01/18/applegate-frozen-gluten-free-chicken-nuggets-recalled/#YDBJRsHg2f3WAH4W.99

http://q13fox.com/2013/01/18/applegate-frozen-gluten-free-chicken-nuggets-recalled/#axzz2ISfCEbwK

For more information on the recall contact an Applegate’s Consumer Affairs Specialist call (800) 587-5858. Mon to Friday 8am to 5pm EST