Monday, October 5, 2015

General Mills issues massive Cheerios recall!

General Mills recalling 1.8M Cheerios boxes due to wheat contamination
Cheerios recalled due to wheat contamination. 

The recall affects Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios that were made in July. The Minneapolis company said Monday wheat flour was inadvertently used in a gluten-free oat flour system. The use of wheat flour means the cereals are not gluten-free, and people with conditions like wheat allergies or celiac disease who consume them might suffer an allergic reaction or discomfort.
The cereal boxes have the plant code "LD." The Cheerios have "better if used by" dates from July 14 to July 17, 2016 and the Honey Nut Cheerios have "better if used by" dates of July 12 to 25, 2016.
The recall comes shortly after General Mills launched gluten-free Cheerios. Earlier this year the company said it found a way to remove small amounts of wheat, rye and barley that are unintentionally added to oat supplies when the oats are being grown or transported. It started shipping gluten-free Cheerios in five flavors in July.
JPMorgan Chase analyst Ken Goldman said the recall affects about 1 percent of the Cheerios the company makes in a year, and it might make customers leery of trusting that the new Cheerios are really gluten-free.
"Our biggest concern is over reputational risk, because the new gluten-free Cheerios just launched," Goldman said.
General Mills Inc. said it will take the cereals out of warehouses and off store shelves, and says customers who cannot eat wheat should contact the company for a replacement box or a full refund. General Mills says it is not recalling cereals that were made at other plants or made on different dates.
The affected boxes of cereal were produced over several days at a production facility in Lodi, Calif., and were shipped nationwide, according to Kirstie Foster, General Mills director of corporate and brand communications.
"Our Lodi production facility lost rail service for a time and our gluten-free oat flour was being off-loaded from rail cars to trucks for delivery to our facility on the dates in question," said Jim Murphy, president of the General Mills cereal division, in a statement. "In an isolated incident involving purely human error, wheat flour was inadvertently introduced into our gluten-free oat flour system at Lodi."
General Mills is in the process of transitioning five of its cereal varieties to gluten-free oat flour. 
Shares of General Mills have risen 13 percent over the last year and closed at $57.22 on Monday. The stock fell 18 cents to $57.04 in after-hours trading.
Source: Yahoo news, USA Today, LA Times October 5, 2015

Saturday, June 13, 2015

GF Jeopardy Sat June 13 at Prov Portland

Saturday June 13, 10am - noon
GIG of Portland June Mtg
Conference room A, B on the main level
Providence Portland Medical Center
NE 47th and Glisan

Fabulous Prizes - Get your GF Trivia on and show off your knowledge! 

Jeopardy prizes this year (clockwise from top): Cultured Caveman, New Cascadia Traditional, Tula, Petunia's, Corbett/Hawthorne Fish House, Harlow, Ground Breaker Brewing. 

Petunia's & Tula's


Ground Breaker, Cultured Caveman

New Cascadia, Corbett/Hawthorne Fish House (also in Vancouver)

Samples from Ceela Naturals Skin Care, gluten-free! 

Samples: come take a loaf of Ener-G Northwest Banana Bread

GIG of Portland meetings are to support, educate and bring community to those living the gluten-free lifestyle. All are welcome. Meetings and parking are free. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Ground Breaker Brewing at May GIG meeting 5/9 10am-noon

Ground Breaker Brewing will be at our 
next GIG of Portland meeting 
on May 9, 2015
10am to noon. 

Owner James Neumeister will be speaking about the brewery and will be bringing along some tasty samples! If you don't recognize Ground Breaker, it's our beloved 100% gluten-free local Portland brewery formerly known as Harvester Brewing.
A selection of Ground Breaker Brewing's beers. Soon to be available in cans. 

 We'll also have Hol-Grain Taco Mix fixed up with some ground organic turkey to try with organic corn tortilla chips and some Beanfields Snackscorn-free, rice & bean chips! 

Thanks to Conrad Rice Mill Inc & Konriko Company Store for mailing samples for our group to try! They'll be perfect with our Ground Breaker beer samples.

Beanfields Snacks are certified gluten-free, non-GMO, Kosher, vegan and free of the top 8 allergens. 
Hol-Grain seasonings are certified gluten-free, Kosher, non-GMO, MSG-free.lngredients: Brown Rice flour, granulated garlic, sea salt, chili powder, paprika, granulated onion, ground cumin, oregano and evaporated cane juice.

Gluten Intolerance Group of Portland - meets every 2nd Sat 
(except in December)
4805 NE Glisan Portland 
in the basement of the HOSPITAL (not the Professional Plaza)
HCC (health classrooms) 2 & 3. 
Free parking off of NE Glisan entrance.
See map here

Check out these great companies:
Ground Breaker Brewing and Gastropub
Beanfield Snacks (GF, vegan, corn-free)
Hol-Grain, Konriko & Conrad Rice Mills

Friday, April 24, 2015

Gluten-Free Food Fair tomorrow Sat 4/15 10-2

APRIL 25, 2015  |  10AM - 3PM


DoubleTree by Hilton Lloyd Center | Exhibition Hall
1000 NE Multhomah St Portland OR 97232
Across the street from Lloyd Center Mall
At the Lloyd Center MAX stop
Park anywhere around the Lloyd Center Mall
$3 parking at the hotel
Big variety of GF Foods as far as you can see! Come hungry! 

Over 60 gluten-free businesses with 85% locally owned businesses. 

We support the local GF community! 

$10/person; $15/Couple; $25/Family of 4; Kids under 12 Free
$3 Parking with Validation. 

Speaker Schedule - Speakers included in price of admission

10:30 Tina Johnson, RN, NTP - Simple Changes to Make Your GF Diet Healthier

11:30 Dr Samantha Brody - Gluten-Free 101

12:30 Dr Robyn Kutka - Gluten Intolerance, Celiac Disease and Hormone Imbalance: Thinking Outside The Bread Box

1:30 Tracy Lehto – Family Forum: How to support Gluten-free Kids and Families in Portland? a forum for all families

2:00 Panel: Ask Your Burning Questions - Tina Johnson, Dr Samantha Brody, Dr Lisa Shaver, Dr Robyn Kutka, Chef Kimi Reid

Lots of delicious samples! 

Please SHARE with family and friends and spread the word!

This is GIG of Portland's fund raising event for the year. 

We are a non-profit 501(c)3 to educate, reach out and support the gluten-free community in Portland.

Ground Breaker Brewing (formerly Harvester) will be there! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

March GIG Mtg: Optimal Wellness - More Than Just Going Gluten-Free

Special speaker for our March Gluten Intolerance Group Meeting on March 14th, 10am to noon. 

Optimal Wellness: More Than Just Going Gluten Free!

Our March topic: Optimal Wellness: More Than Just Going Gluten Free!
Our March speaker: 
Dr Chip Halverson of Selah Natural Medicine 

Dr Halverson is the board president of Healthy Schools Network. He is a primary care physician with a special interest in managing patients with chronic illnesses, including autoimmune disease, endocrine disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, neurological conditions, hormonal imbalances, allergies, integrative cancer support and environmental illnesses. 

More about Dr Halverson 

Next GIG of Portland meeting is March 14, 
10am to noon 
at Providence Portland Medical Center 
(in the hospital not the Professional Plaza),
on the lower level in HCC 2,3, a classroom. 
4805 NE Glisan St, 
Portland, OR 97213

Save the date: April 25, 2015

Gluten-Free Food Fair

10am to 3pm 
DoubleTree by Hilton
Lloyd Center NE Portland
1000 NE Multnomah Blvd
MAX stop: Lloyd Center

For the most current updates, always 

Monday, January 5, 2015

1st Mtg of 2015 - Cosmic Crumbles! Jan 10, 2015 10am to noon

Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) January Meeting

December 10th, 2015  10am to noon

Providence Portland Medical Center

Room HCC 2,3 

Cosmic Crumbles will be our guest at our first GIG of Portland meeting this Saturday, January 10th at Providence Portland Medical Center, Classroom HCC 2,3 on the lower level of the HOSPITAL. (not the Professional Plaza). 10am to noon. 

Kristy Gleason, the owner and baker at Cosmic Crumbles says: "Our baked goods can be picked up anytime at Food Front Coop Market on NW 23rd and Thurman in Portland.

In the near future, our goodies will also be available at Food Front's second location which is in Multnomah Village. Brownies, zucchini bread, snickerdoodles and lemon ginger star cookies are available. 

Our baked goods are always available via online ordering through our website or via our email. 

In the spring and summer we will continue to be at the Beaverton Farmers Saturday Market as well, starting in May 2015. Our bakery is gluten, dairy, and soy free. "

Cosmic Crumbles Bakery

Cosmic Crumbles ingredients list

Providence Portland Medical Center is on NE 47th and Glisan. Enter on Glisan & 49th. Free parking in the parking structure at NE 49th and Hoyt. Park on the 2nd level, on the west side and walk west to the hospital over the sky bridge over the grassy area. Go down the elevator and we're right there on the left.)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Best way to stay in touch with GIG of Portland --> Facebook!

Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings to Everyone!

The Gluten Intolerance Group of Portland's blog and website is in need of a volunteer to help maintain it up to date and post events on a bi weekly or monthly basis. 

In the meantime head over to GIG of Portland's Facebook page (click on the link HERE). You do not need to be signed up for Facebook or "on" Facebook to scroll through our page. You will need to sign in to comment. 

It's easy for GIG of Portland to post DAILY on Facebook and to keep all sorts of activities, recipes, events, research, articles and comments going on a daily basis on Facebook. Keep an eye out for everything gluten-free over there until we find a Blog Czar. :)

If you want to receive updates when an entry is made on this page, which we'd like to do about once a month, then enter your email address in the upper right corner and you'll get entered. 

If you want to receive our monthly newsletter by email, then contact Cece, our newsletter editor at and in the subject line write: "add me to the GIG newsletter list." It's that easy. 

If you'd like to volunteer to help out with the Gluten Intolerance Group of Portland, please come to one of our monthly meetings and let's chat about how we can work together to get the word out to help people living the gluten-free lifestyle. 

In the meantime, our monthly meetings are every second Saturday (except every December) at Providence Portland Medical Center (hospital) in the lower level in the classroom (HCC 2, 3). Parking is free and covered in the parking structure off of NE Glisan and 47th. Park on the South side of the parking building, and walk over the covered sky bridge to the HOSPITAL (not the Professional Plaza). Take the elevator or stairs down and we're right there in a large classroom. 

Hope you're wintery days are healthy and happy and as always, safely and deliciously gluten-free, 

~ Lisa Shaver, branch manager GIG of Portland