Celiac.com 04/11/2023 – Batter Than Good Baking Co., an Oklahoma baking firm that claimed to be gluten-free, has closed down, and apparently left city, after its merchandise very publicly examined extremely optimistic for gluten.
Batter Than Good Baking’s Gluten-Free Claims Challenged
Rachelle Monica, a consumer of Batter Than Good Baking whose son has celiac illness initially carried out an at-home check when her son turned sick after consuming their merchandise. She then requested Gluten Free Watchdog, a gaggle that assessments and researches gluten-free merchandise, to run a lab assessments which confirmed her suspicions. The laboratory assessments of Batter Than Good’s Baking Flour discovered that it contained ranges of gluten far too excessive to be thought-about mere cross-contamination.
Batter Than Good Baking Denies Claims
After a March ninth Fb posting by Gluten Free Watchdog which acknowledged that Batter Than Good’s Baking Flour examined optimistic for wheat flour, the corporate appears to have vanished.
Bex Casillas, the chef and proprietor of the Batter Than Good Bakery, additionally took her private Fb down shortly after she posted that there had been cross-contamination discovered as a result of their “incubator kitchen” at Pioneer Know-how Heart.
Pioneer Know-how Heart Responds to Cross-Contamination Allegations
Pioneer then launched an announcement denying these claims saying “nothing has been baked within the incubator area since February eighth.”
In the meantime, a former baker at Batter Than Good Baking informed FOX23 that nobody ordered the flour on the facility besides Casillas. She mentioned it was a “proprietary mix.”
Clients with Celiac Illness Outraged
Some clients who had bought Batter Than Good’s merchandise expressed their outrage on social media. A lot of them, like Monica’s son, had celiac illness, which causes harm to the small gut which is triggered by meals that comprise gluten. She had trusted the gluten-free merchandise, however says they made her son sick when he ate them.
“If he had continued to eat it, it will’ve put him again within the hospital,” Monica mentioned, exhibiting a physician’s notice from Ascension St. John Emergency Heart, backing up her claims.
Gluten-Free Watchdog’s web page posted a warning after their check of Batter than Good Baking Co.’s merchandise. The publish has greater than 700 feedback from dad and mom and purchasers, upset concerning the outcomes.
“My preliminary response as a dad or mum was how can somebody poison a toddler like that?” mentioned Monica, who thinks it is improper that somebody can label meals or a facility as gluten-free, when it isn’t really be gluten-free.
“One thing must be executed and it is actually arduous when it hurts our youngsters and it looks like no person’s listening,” she defined.
Machelle Beard was additionally a consumer of Batter Than Good Baking. She additionally has celiac illness, and says she views the corporate “one hundred pc…as poisoning me.” Beard says she turned sick after consuming the baked items, however did not suppose it could possibly be the bakery due to their gluten-free claims.
“I do consider it was intentional. They had been purported to be a devoted gluten-free facility, which implies there isn’t a likelihood of cross-contamination,” mentioned Beard. “The testing proves it wasn’t cross-contamination. The testing proves it was simply made with wheat,” added Beard.
Efforts to achieve enterprise proprietor, Bex Casillas, by way of Fb messenger, electronic mail had been unsuccessful, and the telephone numbers listed there are now not working. The corporate seems to have pulled up stakes and vanished within the face of mounting anger and scrutiny over the seemingly non-gluten-free facet of its “gluten-free” enterprise mannequin.
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