• Trader Joe's

    4 starsMarch 12, 2012

    2742 Pinole Valley Rd., Pinole, CA 94564

    Visit yesterday showed an improved selection, including Udi's products and corn pasta. Gives an option to go with the brown rice pasta. Frozen Creamy polenta with spinach was yummy.

  • Power Over Flour Gluten Free Market

    1 starsMarch 12, 2012

    101 N Indian Hill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711

    We were in town this past weekend and decided to stop in to see what they had to offer. Our two-year-old daughter has Celiac, so we are very diligent about being gluten free. My wife found some Nature's Path Corn Puffs and asked the sales person about them because they were not labeled Gluten Free. She was told that all Nature's Path items were gluten free, made in dedicated facilities, they were a small company that can't afford the testing required to stamp on the GF label, and that she calls around to companies monthly to verify the status. When we got home we were reading the back of the label and found the italic print that said "This product is made in a plant that contains wheat." Hardly a dedicated facility (one). I went to the Nature's Path website and found many items that were certified gluten free (two), and on this items page there was a Q&A from January 2012 in which the company representative stated, "Unfortunately, though there aren't any gluten ingredients in this cereal (just corn), we can't guarantee that there isn't cross contamination with gluten. Therefore, if you're looking to avoid gluten as a personal diet choice, we'd say it's okay. But if you're sensitive to gluten or allergic to gluten in any way, I'd steer clear of this." (three). Keeping track that's three inconsistencies (I'd say lies, but let's not get semantic) in the salesperson's statements. She may have made a couple dollars in sales, and she may have BS'd her way into some short-lived good feelings about the establishment, but I won't give them my business again. My daughter's health is far too important.

  • stella Lucy Gluten-Free Market

    1 starsMarch 11, 2012

    101 N Indian Hill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711

    This store has changed hands and is now called Power Over Flour. Stopped by Saturday for a few things. My wife asked about an item for sale that was not marked Gluten Free, and was told "that whole company is GF, in dedicated facilities, they just can't afford the testing required for GF certification, I call around monthly to verify nothing has changed.". Tonight at home we scanned the label and saw that it was made in a plant with wheat. Hardly a dedicated facility. I checked the company website, and saw many certified gluten free items, but on this items page there was a Q&A where the company rep said that it should not be considered gluten free, as they cannot rule out cross contamination. That's two contradictions (lies?). That's two too many.