General Mills / Betty Crocker not so gluten free after all

It turns out that many General Mills products (ex: Betty Crocker (includes Bisquick), Chex cereals, etc) are NOT gluten free after all. I have returned all mine to my local Food City for a refund, stating specifically this reason as why I brought them back, and stating that this reason needed to be put on the refund slip. I’ve also posted a shorter version of this post to the Food City Facebook page, so that more people will be aware, customers and FC folks.

Here’s how I found out (besides the fact that I started showing symptoms of being glutened after eating more of the products):

My Chex cereals were already open, so I let friends eat them. I also returned the BC frosting and the Bisquick mix, neither of which had been opened. I was looking forward to pancakes that tasted like regular pancakes, but not with that kind of risk!


Just how out-of-touch is General Mills?

Here is an excerpt from the blog I have linked above, in case you don’t have time to read the entire entry right now (but you really should take the time to go read it all!):

Those of us who eat gluten free did not indulge in the baked goods offered in the closing baking event. The rolling pins, wooden spoons, and spatulas had previously been used to make gluten-full items. One General Mills spokesperson told us that the products had been cleaned and heated to 200 degrees. When she was told that heating didn’t remove gluten, she looked at us like were looney tunes. That was yet another educational piece of the gluten-free pie for General Mills. It was an unsettling moment for sure because if that information is not known or understood, to me it raises doubts about the status of their gluten-free products.

My reaction to this? If baking removed/killed gluten, I could eat baked goods! Maybe that’s why the Betty Crocker “gluten free” desserts tasted like the “real thing” . . . there really was gluten in there. *sigh*
I, along with others in the GF community, are hoping that General Mills will take the points made very seriously, clean up their act, and get themselves certified by GFCO. Right now, word is being spread NOT to buy these products.
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About Amanda Grabler

I have been gluten free since August 1, 2008. However, my doctor advised me to stop eating gluten in December of 2007. Whoops. I was in the process of giving up a number of other foods that were bothering me at the time, and was about to drive down to New Orleans with a friend (a 14-or-so-hour trip) and I just couldn't handle one more thing to get rid of; especially since I didn't know anything about what "gluten free" meant at the time. In hindsight, I wish I had just gone ahead with it. I would have saved myself 8 months of additional agony. Not to mention, those foods I was giving up? Most of them I can eat now that I'm gluten free (and after my insides healed)! But, better late than never. If you're just now going gluten free, or if your doctor just told you that gluten is your problem, that you have Celiac Disease, whatnot, do NOT do what I did. Is it a lot of work? Yes. Is it worth it? YES! I currently live in Abingdon, Virginia, with my fiancée. Our home is gluten free, and we started off with kitchen-ware that was either brand new, or had only been for gluten free use in the past. My fiancée does not need to be gluten free, but has done so very willingly because of the impact that *not* being gluten free would have on my health. I react to minute bits of gluten, so it is much easier for both of us to be gluten free and not have to worry about cross contamination. I am neither a physician nor a nutritionist. I am writing about my experiences, and research that I have done to try to help others on and/or new to the gluten free diet be a little easier. Please do not take what I write as medical advice. Education: Masters of Business Administration in Economic Crime & Fraud Management Completed May 2009 Utica College Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, History, and Russian Completed May 2001 Ferrum College