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In ‘free from’ world, we are well accustomed to product recalls being issued for food and drink — but perhaps less so for non-food products. The EU also has measures in place to withdraw other potentially dangerous products from the...
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Mrs Crimble’s make gluten-free treats — but they don’t only make gluten-free treats. Three of their products are not suitable for coeliacs: Dutch Apple Cake, Stem Ginger Cake and Dutch Fruit Loaf. Some, if not all, of these may occasionally...
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Following my recent round-up of salicylate-free cosmetics, reader Tella asked about salicylate-free toothpastes — notoriously difficult to obtain, not least because mint / menthol are extremely high in salicylates — so here is a list of those I’ve found. Chitodent This...
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In recent months there has been a lot of ridicule and sarcasm directed towards a TV ad for Herbal Essences Bio Renew Shampoo, which boldly declares itself as having ‘No gluten’. View it here. I’ve found some of it frustrating, because...
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Salicylates are compounds which occur naturally in the plants we consume — many fruit, vegetables, herbs and botanical extracts are rich sources, as are toothpaste and mouthwash, as are aspirin and other painkilling and cold/flu medication, which sometimes contain synthetically...
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Hmm, sweeties. Goody Good Stuff sweeties, to be precise. They tick lots of free from / restricted diet boxes. They’re vegan and halal, and make free from claims for gluten, lactose and gelatine. (‘free from gluten’ is technically a labelling...
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When a hair dye brand recently started advertising its ‘allergy gentle molecule’-containing product, I wondered whether the problem of PPD allergy had finally been solved. PPD (para-phenylenediamine) is a chemical found in a lot of permanent hair dye blends, and...
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Coeliac disease is not the same as veganism. Let’s get that out of the way from the off, shall we. It should be as obvious as coeliac disease is not carrots, is not cinema; and veganism is not Venezuela, is...
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It’s a measure of just how highly regarded BFree Foods and their gluten-free, vegan and multiple allergen-free products are by the free from community, that when they posted the following tweet a few days ago, the dominant response, at least...
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Veganism is having a moment. And it’s Veganuary — or vegan January — too. So, because it’s on a high, it’s evidently got too big for its boots. Time to give it a good kicking, right? Here’s Yasmin Alibhai-Brown’s opinion piece in...
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