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I am SO confused...<br><br>
Some of my boxes of Rice Dream Enriched non dairy beverage say Gluten Free on the front (the vanilla flavor). I bought them two days ago..<br><br>
The Enriched original and chocolate do not say this but the ingredients list does not seem to contain anything that would have gluten.<br><br>
An online search seems to indicate that there is gluten in the brown rice syrup.. some sources say this.. others say no..not true..<br><br>
So, today I go onto the Rice Dream website and find this statement<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Is Rice Dream Beverage a gluten free product?<br><br>
Yes. All varieties of Rice Dream are gluten-free.</td>
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So.. IS it GF or Isn't it GF???<br><br><br>
We are GF for two reasons. #1 is that DS #1 is on the spectrum and our DAN Dr wants us to try 3 months of GF.. he only drinks rice milk...and we are 2 months into this..<br>
#2 is that the baby has a slight immune reaction to wheat, so it was suggested we avoid gluten for a few years in the hopes of preventing an allergy..<br><br>
Neither child seems to react negativly to the rice milk and they drink a lot of it..<br><br>
help!!
 

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The FDA recently defined gluten-free foods as those containing less than 20ppm. Some extremely sensitive individuals might react to foods containing gluten levels that low, but the consensus is that most won't. (The 20ppm standard is also used in Europe.)<br><br>
So as long as Rice Dream tests below 20ppm, the makers of Rice Dream can claim that it is gluten free. Though not an ingredient, they admit to using a barley-derived product in manufacture of Rice Dream, but they claim that it is completely removed in the process of manufacture.<br><br>
Some celiacs and gluten-intolerant individuals claim that they react to Rice Dream as if they'd been glutened, so many of them choose to avoid it despite the gluten-free label.<br><br>
Clear as mud?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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So.. anything that says Gluten Free can actually contain gluten in quantities less than 20 ppm, according to the new FDA guidelines?<br><br>
It is rather confusing.. either it has gluten or it doesn't.. to muddle the waters like this is very annoying.. sheesh...<br><br>
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The problem is that in order to enforce a gluten-free standard via regulation, it must be testable. Unfortunately, the testing currently available isn't sensitive enough to get to detect 1 ppm. If you can't test for less than 1 ppm, you can't set the standard below 1 ppm. Current technology is adequate to test for 20 ppm, so that's why the standard is set there.
 
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