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Monday, October 26, 2009
Unilever Issues Allergy Alert on Wheat in a Limited Number of Tubs of Breyers® Ice Cream
Contact:
Anita Larsen
Unilever Media Relations
201-894-7760

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 22, 2009 - Englewood Cliffs, NJ - Unilever United States, Inc., of Englewood Cliffs, NJ, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is voluntarily recalling a limited number of tubs of Breyers® ice cream because it was mispackaged and may contain undeclared wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat run the risk of allergic reaction if they consume this product.

On a limited number of tubs, the lid describes the product as "Breyers® All Natural Cookies & Cream" ice cream, and the tub portion of the package describes the product as "Breyers® All Natural Mint Chocolate Chip" ice cream. The product inside of the tub is "All Natural Cookies & Cream." The ingredient statement on the tub does not declare wheat, which is an ingredient of the Cookies & Cream product.

The mispackaged ice cream product was distributed in Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Trinidad and Virginia through retail stores in these locations and adjoining areas. The affected product is being recalled from consumers and retailer store shelves, back rooms and warehouses.

The affected mispackaged product was distributed in 1.5-quart (1.41L) paperboard tubs marked with UPC # 077567254245 located on the side of the tub and in combination with "Best If Used By" dates of FEB1711GH, FEB1811GH and FEB1911GH located on the bottom of the tub.

The allergy alert and recall relates only to the above mentioned mispackaged Breyers® ice cream. No other Breyers® ice cream products are affected.

No adverse reactions have been reported to date. In addition to working in cooperation with the FDA, the company is also issuing an alert through the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network.

The recall was initiated after the company received a few consumer complaints about the mispackaged product. It was determined that product containing wheat was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of wheat in the ingredient list on the tub.

Consumers who have purchased the mispackaged Breyers® ice cream with UPC # 077567254245 and in combination with "Best If Used By" dates of FEB1711GH, FEB1811GH and FEB1911GH are urged to discard it immediately and contact the company at 1-877-270-7402 for a full refund. For consumers outside the United States, please send an email to comments.breyers@unilever.com for a full refund.

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Friday, October 23, 2009
Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt (Gluten-Free)

Stonyfield Farm makes Oikos Organic Greek yogurt which can be used in a variety of ways while cooking – in baking, as a substitute for sour cream and mayonnaise, in dips and sauces and to create tasty low-fat dishes. Greek yogurt is strained, making it thicker and more versatile in recipes than regular yogurt. Oikos Greek yogurt contains no gluten, it’s certified gluten free! It's also organic, which means it's made without artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, and it's made from organic milk produced without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, or artificial growth hormones (rBST).

For more about Stonyfield products and for the chance to sign up for coupons, please visit their website at: http://stonyfield.com/ and http://www.oikosorganic.com/aboutus/

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
P.F. Chang's Gluten-Free Menu
P.F. Chang’s created a gluten-free menu understanding how difficult it is to dine out and avoid gluten. The menu features a variety of items, from appetizers to dessert, including the signature lettuce wraps, fried rice and a flourless chocolate cake for dessert. A gluten-free soy sauce also is available.

You can view the P.F. Chang's gluten-free menu here

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
A survey for the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University
A master candidate of Integrated Marketing at NYU is writing a marketing plan for the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University as his graduation project.

The goal of the marketing plan is to help the Center raise fund to support research and improve service, build awareness of both the celiac disease and the organization, and educate the public.

The ultimate goal is to grow the organization.

This research is supposed to help him learn more about the celiac patients (including their families and friends) and their donation behaviors so that he is able to figure out ways to communicate with them.

Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey using this link:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=07_2bHoO8_2fdD7_2bKTspoYD9rQ_3d_3d

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Thursday, October 15, 2009
Upcoming Market Research Needs Celiac Patients
There is an upcoming focus group discussion in our Teaneck, NJ office and they need our assistance. Focus Pointe Global, an international market research firm, is currently looking for Diagnosed Celiac Disease patients or Gluten Intolerance Patients for an upcoming study.

Teaneck, NJ: November 10th
LA: November 12th

Focus Pointe Global is NOT involved in sales of any kind and their focus group is for market research purposes only. If a patient is qualified and participates, they will receive an incentive of $75 (for a 2 hour discussion).

If interested, respondents can e-mail Katie Bondi directly (see below) or call their toll free number 1-800-220-3730.


Katie Bondi, Project Manager
Focus Pointe Global
215.561.5500 x 4318
215.561.7403 fax
Kbondi@ focuspointeglobal.com


Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The Gluten-Free Cooking Club Blog
Rachel, a friend of mine from the NYC Celiac Disease meetup group, recently started a blog called The Gluten-Free Cooking Club. She has been in a cooking club with her friends for a couple of years and they are always so accommodating to her gluten-free diet after her diagnosis. You may remember Rachel from an earlier post. Check out The Gluten-Free Cooking Club.

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Monday, October 12, 2009
Gluten-Free Hormel Products
Understanding that adherence to a gluten free diet can prove challenging, Hormel Foods has created a gluten free section on the newly redesigned Hormel® Natural Choice® Web site, dedicated to providing meal solutions, information and resources to help those afflicted with Celiac disease.

Knowing that it’s often difficult to find recipes that only use gluten free ingredients, the section offers easy, family-friendly choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each recipe features Hormel® Natural Choice® products, which are gluten free and 100 percent natural, with zero preservatives, artificial colors or flavors and no added nitrates, nitrites or MSG. It’s a great tasting option for deli meat lovers who also need to watch their gluten intake. A few recipes consumers will find include:

* Polenta Open Faced Sandwich;
* Bacon and Garbanzo Bean Salad; and
* Mashed Potato Pie.

In addition to recipes, the new section offers suggested gluten free shopping ingredients, basic terminology surrounding gluten, tools to properly read food labels and suggested gluten free resources. For more information, please visit http://hormelnatural.com

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