We are now GF and I have not had much luck other than Bob's. I am wondering if I am playing with fire here or what.
Yes, my DS is peanut and tree nut allergic as well as having Celiacs.
Now what am I to do?
All BRM GF flours are produced in the same part of their facility. It's very well done, I've toured their plant. They are very careful to avoid gluten cross contamination in their GF production area, but nut flours are produced in the GF side (e.g. almond flour).
Someone on a recent thread said King Arthur Gluten Free flours are safe but I've not called on it to check.
I am one of those people who has always had an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts since I was born. I AM NOT NOT NOT allergic to tree nuts. As you know, peanuts are legumes, not tree nuts.
Bob's used to have peanut-specific products they sold but stopped approximately in 2005. The warning labels on the flour only mention the possibility of tree nuts AS OPPOSED TO peanuts. The problem is both in late 2011 and 2012 I have use the Bob's Red Mill flour (along with some other products of theirs) and had a reaction.
Having researched the issue online, one of the possibilities is that there might still be some cross-contamination on machinery at the Bob's Red Mill plant between tree nuts and old vestigial peanut traces. Somehow I think this is unlikely because after stopping peanut products as of 2005, that means 6 years have gone by and I have to believe the machines have been repaired, changed, cleaned, etc. over that time such that peanut traces would be miniscule if not nonexistent.
But it could be that there is a third party supplier of nuts to Red Mill which they then grind into flour, and that third party nut supplier and their machines (probably some kind of collection machines out by the crops themselves) have some peanut contaminants. Having had this allergy my entire life, one thing I have realized is that most nut companies, farm collectives, etc. don't exclusively work with one nut -- the exception seems to be Blue Diamond almonds which I have NEVER NEVER NEVER had a problem with. But go buy a pack of shelled nuts anyway in any grocery store and on the warning labels you can see cross contamination of every nut under the sun.
I cannot think of another explanation but of course that doesn't mean there isn't another. I have stopped using Bob's Red Mill products in part because I have found I NEVER have trouble with King Arthur Flour and the King Arthur products.
I know OP said that oats are ok for them but just wanted to add this for anyone else who might find this info useful...bob's red mill process their gluten free oats on the same lines as their gluten free products. So, if you are sensitive to oats then you would most likely have problems with their flours, we did.
I've heard 1-2-3 Gluten Free recommended and is a allergen free facility so you may want to check them out. We don't eat grains anymore and it's a lot easier to avoid cc that way. Hope you find something that works!
I'm the OP :) This is a really old thread.
1) I never said anything about oats. We still aren't doing oats. Haven't found a co. I am comfortable with.
2) I have contacted Bob's several times. The GF line processes nut products and they said the GF line is NOT safe for nut allergic people.