The day after; I posted her comments on my blog, I got the following email from Phyllis Kessler, President of the South Florida Celiac Support Group. You won’t believe why she is so upset about me and Gluten Dude stating that GF Cheerios are not safe. The conflict of interest is glaring!
“Maureen …..it was not an attack and I’m sorry if you took it that way. My apologies. I guess I just needed to vent about all of the e-mails that I’m getting bashing General Mills. A dear friend of mine worked on this project and is being thrown under the bus …..as I told you, I am Gluten Free because I have Celiac Disease and have had zero reaction to eating Cheerios. In the past I could NEVER eat oats…even the ones that were certified GF …I decided to give it another shot and try Cheerios and had no reaction…no clue why. So, again, I apologize if you felt like I was attacking you….Phyllis”
I emailed her back and thanked her for her apology; urging her to read the Gluten Free Watchdog Report about the cleaning process and testing processes that General Mills is using. It is clear that she is more concerned about her “dear friend” than she is her fellow Celiacs.
*for previous posts, you can scroll down to see last weeks email I got. Or see my blog posts under Celiac Disease and GF Cheerios.
As many of our newsletter subscribers know, I posted some information from Gluten Free Watchdog last month about GF Cheerios and why GF Watchdog feels that they are not safe; due test results and the way they are testing them. Today, I sent my final thoughts about it in my newsletter; after I read GF Watchdog’s final analysis. I stated my opinion as to why I felt they are not safe and also gave a link to Gluten Dude’s blog post as well, because I like to give my readers other opinions when I can.
Below is what I said and the link to Gluten Dude’s post. So in the interest of showing both sides of this, I have posted the incredibly rude and insulting email that I got directly from Phyllis Kessler, President of the South FL Celiac Support Group. I am guessing she is not happy with me or Gluten Dude; you be the judge!
My Article in Newsletter sent 9/23 at 5:39pm:
GF Cheerios are NOT Safe for Celiacs! s
A month or so ago I told you about Gluten Free Watchdog and their testing report on GF Cheerios. Well, I got her final report a few weeks ago and they are not safe! I won’t eat them and neither will Gluten Dude, so I have put in a link to Gluten Dude’s blog about this, “Why are we celebrating GF Cheerios?” I like it when you can hear it from someone, other than me, every once in a while. Basically, General Mills is using regular oats, not gluten free oats, and they are attempting to clean them mechanically themselves but they are still contaminated with wheat and barley! Some batches are testing ok and some are testing above 20ppm. There have been many complaints of Celiacs getting sick and several customers have told me that they have gotten sick. Check out what “Gluten Dude” has to say about it! http://glutendude.com/media/why-are-we-celebrating-gluten-free-cheerios/
This is the email I got at 6:18pm from Phyllis Kessler:
On Wednesday, September 23, 2015 6:18 PM, Phyllis <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
This hate campaign really needs to stop!
As a celiac I have had zero reaction.
I have over 3500 followers and not one
has had anything bad to say.
No clue why you or anyone else is
getting sick. Ever think it was from the
milk that you’re having or maybe
Sent from my iPhone
Here is My Response emailed directly back to Phyllis Kessler:
Maureen Burke <email@example.com>
I am sorry that you feel that my informational post is a “hate campaign”. All I want is “safe” cheerios and currently their testing is not safe and no other GF products are using that method of testing because the results can be skewed. If you read the GF Watchdog post or clicked on the links in “Gluten Dude’s Blog” you might understand this. Just because you have not gotten sick does not mean others have not.
I don’t eat them and never said that I ate them or that I got sick. I said that some customers have reported getting sick (then they are asking me what I know about them). I won’t try them because I am one of the Celiacs who reacts to Oats even GF Oats. I have been a Celiac for over 27 years and my job is to make sure others don’t get sick too. I also have a milk allergy, so, no; I would not be eating the oats or ingesting milk, as you suggest!
The choice is yours to make and I think that was made very clear in Gluten Dude’s blog. Calling it a hate campaign is certainly not fair. If you were getting sick from them you; would be screaming for someone to do something about it…wouldn’t you? Are you a Celiac or are you just Gluten Sensitive?
I have way more than 3,500 followers (subscribers to my newsletter) and I feed almost that many each month in my cafe, deli and bakery….and no, GF Cheerios won’t be on my menu because I am certified GF to 5ppm and GF Cheerios would never test that low! Also, my facility is free of Oats.
Your response was rude…..I don’t overeat and I don’t eat Oats, GF Cheerios or Milk due to a severe Milk Allergy. If you want to attack me, please get your facts straight first and keep the personal assaults out of it. That type of thing is beneath you or anyone.
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