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Green and Blacks 70% now labelled contains milk, Alpro/Provamel Desserts now contain wheat

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flamingtoaster · 02/09/2008 18:42

From another Mumsnet thread:

Green and Blacks 70% Dark Chocolate labelling now states it contains milk due to possible cross contamination - the site states on occasions this may exceed 5 ppm which some allergy specialists say can cause a reaction. Nothing has changed either in the recipe or the cleaning - this is just a labelling change.

However - this is a recipe change which I found mentioned on allergycooksforum

Alpro/Provamel desserts now contain wheat starch.

The thickener has been changed from tapioca to wheatstarch. Full ingredients here:

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Turniphead1 · 02/09/2008 18:58

Thanks Flamingtoaster. Annoying - I wonder why G&B decided to say "contains" milk rather than produced on a line with milk. The latter we normally risk, the former we won't.

pagwatch · 02/09/2008 19:01


Is thatthe provamel vanilla pudds?

DS2 usually has one every other day and just ate four one after the other - very unusual behaviour. And he has been giggling like a fool all afternoon.

I could cry. Really.
this is so fricking hard anyway. WHY do they do that !

silverfrog · 02/09/2008 19:07

oh, ffs.

am with you, pagwatch. dd1 has these occasionally, not always overkeen - scoffed hers yesterday

dd2 has been shouting for more recently as well - she's only gf/cf "in case", but still .

back to the drawing board

GreenMonkies · 02/09/2008 19:12


I mean, why do manufacturers of "allergy" foods do this? Not long ago Trufree added milk to thier previously milk free (and gluten/wheat free) biscuits. What would make them reduce thier customer base like this? It must impact on thier sales surely??

I can live with the G&B milk contamination, DD2 is no longer sensitive enough to react to 5ppm, but the addition of wheat to the Alpro/Provamel makes them a serious no no for me now, and whilsth I didn't eat them that often it is still annoying.

LackaDAISYcal · 02/09/2008 19:19

DH works in the food industry and sometimes things are changed due to a different supplier winning a contract because they are cheaper, or because one producer has gone bust and another takes over, or because it's just more economical for the manufacturer.

However, I would've thought that with allergy foods they would be particularly picky about things to make sure that things remain the same.

Turniphead1 · 02/09/2008 19:20

Alpro/provamel have quite a good customer services phone no. I rang up when they changed their packaging about 6 months ago to inc the cardboard sleeve(as it seemed crazy) and they explained it was because they had made the foil lids more delicate and more enviro-friendly and the cardbd meant the eco-impact was now lower.

Would be interested in why the hell they have added gluten to any allergy product (even though doesn't affect us as DD is just egg/milk/and kiwi.

Goes to prove the old allergy adage to keep checking the ingredients as they can change. Grrr

LackaDAISYcal · 02/09/2008 19:30

I think with alpro though they are aimed at the lactose intolerant so they aren't letting their main customer base down.

But, I'm sure there are loads of people out there who are both lactose and gluten intolerant.

flaming toaster, I wanted to ask you about coeliac testing in littlies. DD is nearly 15 mo and has really bad skin, but no other obvious symptoms, although her poos have always been on the loose side. If she were to have a coeliac blood test would it actually show anything, or is she too young?

flamingtoaster · 02/09/2008 20:40

LackadailyCAL - there is conflicting evidence -one study states that under two years old the blood test is less accurate (88% rather than 98%) in diagnosing coeliac disease, but other studies did not find this effect. So you could go for the blood test at this stage.

You'll find a summary of the research here (4th post):

When you say bad skin - do you mean a rash- could it be Dermatitis Herpetiformis in which case there is a skin test for it:

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LackaDAISYcal · 02/09/2008 21:48

thanks FT. the rash is very eczema like and isn't at all like the DH that I used to get.

I'll have a look at your link thanks

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