Rice or Corn Chex for Wheat allergy ok?

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2007 - 12:39pm
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I'm questioning one ingredient in Rice or Corn Chex for my son's wheat allergy...does anyone know if Barley Malt Extract would be something a wheat-allergic person would react to?
I currently have both Chex cereals in my home, but they are the Walmart brand which has cross-contamination issues w/peanuts and such...so I wouldn't begin to think of giving him some of those...

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2007 - 12:47pm
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Joined: 04/24/2000 - 09:00

So long as your wheat allergic individual reacts to non-gluten proteins in wheat, barley would be fine. If your wheat allergic person reacts to gluten, then barley will likely pose a problem.
The chex themselves, however, are probably wheat contaminated, and heavily at that.

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2007 - 12:52pm
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duh...i think i've been at this "trying to find safe foods for my mfa DS" WAYYYY too long today...
of COURSE the Chex would be highly contaminated with wheat..:O)
now i feel like an idiot for even starting this topic...
and thanks for the answer...i think i better get some rest...i'll probably dream of chex, and wheat, and eggs, and nuts, and product labels..:O)
calgon take me away !!!

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2007 - 3:44am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I felt like such an idiot myself. I've been feeding DS Kix with no reactions so just recently I started Corn and Rice Chex. No reactions and DS is very sensitive to wheat.
Well, I just got off the phone with General Mills and they assured me that all three of these are currently manufactured in wheat free facility's. They also told me that if the facility had wheat (or any other allergen) it would be labeled as either "May Contain..." or "Contains...". I also asked about the oats in Kix being contaminated with wheat. I was told that would also be labeled the same. She didn't sound as sure though.
So I feel like an idiot for not calling before but if it helps DS usually reacts if made in same facility but no reactions to these three.
ETA I didn't actually answer your question did I. I would be careful with barley. It is in the same family as wheat and rye but so is corn. Maybe introduce it seperately just to be sure before giving the cereal.
[This message has been edited by Andy'sMom (edited February 07, 2007).]

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2007 - 3:52am
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Funny, Jessie, I just called them myself...they must think we're all in "cahoots" this morning or something, ganging up against them...:O)
I was told the same info as you, but she seemed a "little" less sure about the oats in Kix also...
DS seems to be reacting to "something" this morning, though...all he's had is Kix, formula and applesauce...NOTHING new...could be a delayed reaction from something, could be environmental? who knows...i feel as if my poor son is a walking "guinea pig" sometimes, since it's so much "trial and error" with things for him!
bless his heart!
thanks for responding, and for calling GM's too...i'm relieved to know I can go buy Rice and Corn Chex and try those! Just wish there was a generic co. out there that would process on "safe" lines so we could get a "break" price-wise every now and then..:O)

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2007 - 5:08am
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Joined: 04/24/2000 - 09:00

Almost all oats and rye in the US are contaminated with wheat from the field to the harvest to the mill. There are two or three companies in North America currently producing oats absolutely free of cross contamination from wheat and rye (and barley, in the mill).
Most grain mills have a fine layer of flour dust over everything, so even the non-wheat flours produced there will be contaminated. There are a few gluten-free mills (Bob's Red Mill has one), but I don't know if those are also free of tree nuts.

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2007 - 9:46am
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Joined: 02/07/2002 - 09:00

While Jason was allergic to wheat and oats, he he ate barley with no problems.
Cheryl, mom to Jason (9 MFA including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish and egg)
Joey (7 NKA)
Allison (4 milk allergic, suspect shellfish, avoiding PN/TN for now)
Ryan (1) nka *knock on wood*

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