Back from camp

… and all went well. Very very tired, of course!

Catering seems to have gone well, except at one point where they were cooking waffles outside on a campfire, and I hadn’t known that would happen – so I didn’t make any arrangements for that. Oh dear. But she doesn’t seem to mind, and everyone in the class knows that she has a ‘special tummy’, so there wasn’t any issue about it.

And at another point, she was offered Rice Krispies for breakfast – I’d sent Chocolate Stars, so she had those instead. Now, what do you think about the barley malt issue? Since the labelling regulations changed here, the ingredients on breakfast cereal packets must now state that the cereal contains barley malt, if it does, even if the amounts are below the level likely to cause a reaction. Now, obviously, some people do have a reaction at these low levels, and for these people the labelling is invaluable.

For my daughter – who doesn’t seem to be a super-sensitive coeliac, but who has always been told she can’t eat wheat, oats, barley or rye – the new labelling ‘Contains Barley’ means that she is now excluding these items from her diet as well, further narrowing her options.

Do we explain that she could probably eat some items, like breakfast cereal, that contain low levels of barley or stick with the clear message ‘No wheat, oats, barley or rye?’ She’s now 10, so she might be able to deal with a degree of uncertainty …

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Lucy is the mother of a coeliac, and has been managing a gluten free diet for her daughter for 20 years - though, to be fair, she does do most of it herself now...

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