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Gluten-Free Rice Chex? Coming Soon To A Store Near You!

By March 26, 2008

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Here's a shocker: Rice Chex is going to be gluten-free! General Mills has changed the recipe, and instead of barley malt (the offending ingredient in the past), Rice Chex will be flavored with molasses.

On the front of the new cartons, the "Gluten Free" label appears just below and to the left of the big red "Chex." Be very careful, because store shelves are still full of the old product. It may take several months for the new gluten-free Rice Chex to reach your neighborhood.

March 27, 2008 at 9:10 am
(1) Sharon says:

Can’t wait!! This was my favorite cereal before being diagnosed with celiacs disease eight yrs. ago. Thanks


March 27, 2008 at 2:41 pm
(2) Kelly says:

Hi! YAY! I’m soooo excited! I miss the texture of these things so bad…no gf cereal has come close to it. I’m also happy there is no CORN in them!! Whooo Hooo!

March 28, 2008 at 2:47 pm
(3) Angel says:

I’m spreading and word in chat rooms – we’re all abuzz with the good news. Thanks for sharing – and thanks to Gen’l Mills — we’re all hoping for MORE now :D . lol

March 28, 2008 at 10:20 pm
(4) Heather says:

Bless you General Mills! Having Celiac Disease for 12 years, I miss Cereal! I am so happy!!!


April 7, 2008 at 5:24 pm
(5) Karen Joy says:

Shortly after I read this, I checked my local grocery store, but no luck. I checked again last night, and, mixed in with the “old” boxes were the NEW, GLUTEN-FREE boxes of Rice Chex!!! Yay!!!!!

May 3, 2008 at 11:29 am
(6) Tee says:

YAAAAAAY! Gluten free Chex Mix on the waaaay!!!! :-)

July 23, 2008 at 3:28 pm
(7) Lisa says:

I was recently diagnosed celiac and have been gluten free for 11 weeks. I got tired of potatoes for breakfast and bought the GF rice chex and ate them 5 days in a row and now I am suffering for it. What about cross contamination??

July 30, 2008 at 9:03 am
(8) celiacdisease says:

Hi Lisa,
In this case, cross-contamination would not be my first guess. A statement from General Mills says, “The company has taken the requisite steps to prevent cross contamination during production and tested the new formula based on proposed FDA standards.” Perhaps something else you were eating during the day was making you ill, or some other ingredient in the cereal? I noticed you said you’d gotten tired of potatoes for breakfast. There are lots of other options for healthy and tasty gluten-free breakfasts. I hope by now you’ve discovered some of them!

August 6, 2008 at 12:37 am
(9) Mary says:

Hi Lisa, I agree with your conclusion. Three people in my family have Celiac Disease and we all got sick from eating General Mills new Rice Chex. We don’t live in the same home or even in the same state for that matter, and we all had the same reactions. My sister called General Mills and they would NOT state that the facility was 100% Gluten-free. My sister and I do not eat out and I cook in a gluten-free kitchen. I never add more than one new food to my diet when trying new foods. It doesn’t matter what the box says, it makes you sick and gives you gluten-type symtpoms. Seems to me like it is contaminated. I quit believing labels and boxes years ago. I believe my body’s reaction to the food! BEWARE of this PRODUCT!

August 6, 2008 at 12:49 am
(10) New Rice Chex - Don't believe it is Gluten-Free says:

Lisa, I agree with you!!!! Three people in my family (all with Celiac Disease) have tried the new General Mills Rice Chex. All three of us, who live in different states got sick from the cereal. We all got gluten-related symtoms and all independently felt that the cereal was contaminated. We have chosen not to purchase this product any more. My sister contacted General Mills and they would NOT state that the facility was 100% Gluten-Free. It doesn’t matter what the box says, if the cereal makes you sick, then it isn’t gluten-free. I learned many years ago on this diet not to trust labels or boxes. I prepare my food in a gluten-free kitchen and I don’t eat out. My sister adheres to the same practices. We are extremely careful and don’t take changes. We never add more than one new food to our diet in a week. We feel strongly that the cereal made us sick. I would avoid this product!

August 13, 2008 at 3:28 pm
(11) Kass Whidden says:

I know this is not a GM cereal but Cocoa Pebbles is also gluten free :) I’m just glad I have more choices now besides that.

October 18, 2008 at 11:04 pm
(12) Kendra says:

Maybe those of you that got sick, accidentally bought a box of the old version of the cereal. Just a thought.

Thanks General Mills!

October 19, 2008 at 11:07 am
(13) Jean says:

Hi, bought GLUTEN FREE Rice Chex, clearly marked box. Had three bowls over 5 days, each reaction worse. Now I am so sick that I went and googled Rice Chex reactions. I was surprised to see how people complaining they are getting sick are being treated, must be something else you ate, maybe old box, etc. Obviously General Mills considers this product Gluten Free and has no problem labeling it such if only a certain percent have reaction. Maybe the test to calling something GLUTEN FREE is to test on Celiacs who ARE more sensitive.

October 29, 2008 at 11:45 pm
(14) Denise Martin says:

Where can I order it? I live in Canada.

November 5, 2008 at 6:12 pm
(15) Ruth says:

Just finished my first box. No problems. Please check out this article as posted on the Celiac-Sprue Association’s Web page: (It could be you are sensitive to less than 20 ppm).

“The 31st Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission approved the draft with no changes on July 1, 2008.

Highlights of the Standard include:

Gluten-free foods do not contain wheat, rye, barley, oats or their crossbred varieties and the gluten level does not exceed 20mg/kg [20 parts per million] in total, based on the food as sold or distributed to the consumer

Gluten-free foods may contain one or more ingredients from wheat, rye, barley oats or their crossbred varieties which have been specially processed to remove gluten and the gluten level does not exceed 20mg/kg [20 ppm] in total, based on the food as sold or distributed to the consumer.
The allowance of pure, uncontaminated oats may be determined at the national level.
Foods specially processed to reduce gluten content to a level between 20 and 100mg/kg [20ppm-100ppm] based on the food as sold or distributed to the consumer must not be labeled gluten-free. Labeling terms for such products (eg. low gluten, reduced gluten) and decisions for marketing may be determined at the national level, but must indicate the true nature of the food.
Naturally gluten-free foods shall not be designated “special dietary”, “special dietetic” or any other equivalent term, but may bear a statement on the label that “this food is my its nature gluten-free”.

December 8, 2008 at 8:15 pm
(16) George says:

When you say you get sick from eating anything with even a hint of gluten, what do you mean by sick? What symptoms are you specifically having? I was diagnosed with Celiac’s disease 2 weeks ago and other than being slightly anemic I have no noticeable symptons.


January 8, 2009 at 1:49 am
(17) celiacdisease says:

Many people with celiac disease have symptoms similar to those of food poisoning after eating even very small amounts of gluten.

February 5, 2009 at 1:42 pm
(18) Bosch says:

For the past couple of days I have been eating a bowl or two of the supposed gluten free Rice Chex. About a half hour or so after eating I get stabbing stomach pains. Its interesting to know that other people are having reactions, too.

February 20, 2009 at 4:53 pm
(19) Sewgirl78 says:

Have not stopped eating them since I found out that they went gluten free! I love Rice Chex and hope that Kelloge will follow suit very soon with Rice Krispys!!!!!

March 24, 2009 at 9:23 am
(20) Russell says:

I was excited to see that there was a Rice Chex coming out that was suppose to be glutten-free. I have had this Rice Chex that last few days and I’m am having symptoms just like several other people are saying. Don’t believe General Mills, this is not glutten-free!! I am throwing this cereal away and going back to a cereal that I know contains no glutten. Don’t waste your money on this, unless you enjoy being sick!

April 6, 2009 at 2:36 pm
(21) mairead says:

PLease tell me how to get rice chex in Canada!!!! I have everyone I know bringing it back for me from the states..Can I get it sent? I love the cereal so much!!! I have celiac disease and enjoy rice chex’s so much!!!

April 9, 2009 at 6:07 am
(22) Patricia Caddy says:

Is this produce available in the UK? If so, from what stores please?

May 21, 2009 at 1:15 pm
(23) mark says:

I too tried this cereal this am and am having symptoms of getting gluten. I am EXTREMELY careful with the foods I eat and this is the only new introduction to my diet. There is a clear association… I ate breakfast, I am sick. There is no two ways about it. I was excited to see mainstream product become gluten free, but there must be some learning that needs to take place for GM on this one.

May 21, 2009 at 1:17 pm
(24) mark says:

Follow up….. I KNOW it was the new product, it says Gluten Free in huge letters on the box. So that isn’t the issue. Sorry.

May 24, 2009 at 10:49 pm
(25) gluten sucks says:

Why are celiac sufferers getting excited over this? There is clearly still a small amount of gluten, just under 20ppm. Hello even if you don’t get a reaction you are still putting small amounts of gluten in your body! You are still causing damage to your intestines, etc. Is this cereal really worth your health, or your life?

June 5, 2009 at 6:38 pm
(26) Lisa says:

I too am adding to the Chex discussion. Every time I eat, I feel sick the next day. It is not worth it with several other gluten free cereals to choose from.

July 16, 2009 at 11:17 am
(27) Em says:


I’m so tired of “Gluten Free” being the new catch phrase… Its a serious disease and not the newest fad diet that will eventually fizzle away.

Large companies like GM love to play it off like they have our best interest at heart, but like all big business, they only see $$$ in a previously ignored segment of the population.

Its not only unethical to list their products as “Gluten Free” when they are produced in a plant that processes gluten, but is false advertisement and a health risk to those of us who have diligently kept our bodies free of toxic gluten for many years.

July 17, 2009 at 3:44 pm
(28) Lisa says:

This isn’t gluten-free. It will cause symptoms in people sensitive to small amounts of gluten. (And, “Yep, I’m sure it’s the cereal.”) I ate mine with gluten-free hemp milk. I have an allergy to eggs, but nothing else; being a girl from the South, I fry, bake, and blenderify things most people won’t touch; I also eat dicey Mexican and Vietnamese food, and I don’t get sick–but this causes fairly severe lower abdominal pain. Save your money.

July 27, 2009 at 3:59 am
(29) eve says:

I think it is gluten free but eating cereal every day isn’t good for anyone. You should cut down your carbs as it helps the gut. Eat more veggies, fruits, and fish.

July 31, 2009 at 1:53 am
(30) Frances says:

GLUTEN-TYPE REACION to GM “Gluten-free” Rice Chex. I agree with Mark, that there’s a problem with this product. I tried it this week and am experiencing my typical gluten reaction. One of the ingredients on the label is natural flavors, which could be the culprit or perhaps cross contamination… At another website a poster reported a GM response to their inquiry that indicated this product may contain low levels of gluten. Low enough that they feel justified to label it “gluen free”. As time goes by I’m forced to elimate more and more processed foods from my diet. Oh, well, can’t say I’m surprised.

August 8, 2009 at 8:38 pm
(31) MK says:

I’ve been fine with the GF Chex, in fact, they are a lifesaver. That being said, I live in Canada and I’m tired of having to hop across the border for cereal! Celiacs north of the border are keen on GF products too!

September 3, 2009 at 1:39 pm
(32) MTartist says:

GF Chex just made it to Montana and we were SO excited! We bought many boxes, but it didn’t take long before we were all feeling sick. OH THE PAIN!!!

We’re not celiac, but HIGHLY Intolerant (moreso than our celiac friends). I wish I had read the Chex box (something I always do) to see if it is processed in a dedicated facility. You know it’s bad when your 15 year old son, who was overjoyed to be able to eat ‘normal’ cereal again, said, “NO MORE CHEX – EVER!”

I plan on writing to Chex to let them know.

September 10, 2009 at 4:56 pm
(33) sandrar says:

Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

September 14, 2009 at 5:40 pm
(34) Kimberly says:

I was ecstatic to see the Gluten-Free claim on Rice Chex and Corn Chex in the cereal aisle three weeks ago. This is such a welcome and appreciated development in making it easier to buy a well-known, regularly-priced brand in the cereal aisles.

I immediately bought a box of each, and have been eating a bowl of either one each a.m. (usually Rice Chex) with Lactaid (I always use Lactaid with any cereal I eat). I immediately began having G.I. Symptoms (bloating, gas, diarrhea), but it was intermittent and there was NOTHING in my diet that had been changed, except for Chex. And, I was assured by the Gluten-Free claim on the Chex packaging. So, I thought maybe I was getting sick or something.

Over the past three weeks, I have steadily gone way downhill. I am now in full-blown Celiac symptom mode with bloating, frequent and urgent terrible diarrhea, gas, and extreme fatigue. I have re-contacted all pharmaceutical manufacturers for any changes in fillers for the few medications that I take, and have come up empty.

The only change to my diet over the past 3 weeks has been the Chex. Honestly, I can’t see any other source as the cause!

I am not writing to complain about my symptoms. Rather, I am wondering if General Mills will take a second look at its processing and its ingredients, and perhaps engage in some testing to find out any gluten levels that may be processed during manufacturing of this cereal. This is such a GREAT product, and I know that I and other celiac sufferers would love to buy Chex cereal if it was safe for us to eat.

I am very sensitive, but if a product says “Gluten Free” all over the package, I would hope that it is indeed gluten free and has been tested as such.

September 25, 2009 at 12:42 pm
(35) Marian Mendez says:

I’d embraced the gluten-free Rice and Corn Chex with glee. One box of each was fine. But after that the next two boxes of each I tried, I got gluten-reaction. And NO, it couldn’t have been anything else. I had the cereal with milk and sugar. I had the cereal with milk and a banana. I had the cereal dry out of the box as a snack with a glass of water.

I ate nothing else during the day that wasn’t absolutely safe (plain meats I’d boiled or cooked in butter, canned vegetables with nothing added, plain rice, plain boiled potatoes, water, tea, milk, etc. All things I’d had many times & had no problems with.

And got glutened every time I ate the cereal. It isn’t safe, and I won’t buy it again.

September 29, 2009 at 6:54 pm
(36) Doug Boltson says:

I bought 20 or so boxes of Rice Chex (on sale at Walgreens for $1.99 each a few weeks ago; limit 4) and began having DH symptoms over the following week, as the gluten built up in me — from gas, to bloating, to those itchy papules on the back of my hand, knees, and elbows. Be sure to contact General Mills to let them know of their false advertising, misleading labeling, and the harm and suffering they are inflicting on the celiac community — not to mention their infringement of FDA guidelines. I just spoke with a receptive customer service rep, who took down the UPC code and expiration date on one of the boxes — to report to her “product team” — and also took down my contact info, in order to send me a 5-box refund [$10] by post [the Chex is in the mail!]. Call them (7:30 am – 5:30 pm CST) at the number on the box: 1-800-328-1144

October 4, 2009 at 2:51 pm
(37) Neal says:

Gluten Free CHEX is available at Sobey’s at Clark & Hilda, Thornhill, just north of Toronto. But it’s not in the cereal section – it’s in the Kosher Foods section.

November 18, 2009 at 9:56 am
(38) Doreen Kuzniewicz says:

I’m sorry but the new chex taste like paste. Why couldn’t you have both and let the people that dont have health problems have their chex the way we want. I stopped buying it because as soon as you add milk it tastes terrible. How could you make such a huge mistake

February 2, 2010 at 11:44 pm
(39) Debbie says:

I am so glad I read all these comments. I am allergic to wheat and go into anaphylactic shock if I eat it. I don’t eat anything that could be cross contaminated. I’ve had 4 episodes of it by eating supposedly gluten free foods before I started researching it.

March 10, 2010 at 4:26 pm
(40) Susy says:

Pizza gives me less reaction than this! OUCH! I just had 1 cup of gluten free Chex (CLEARLY LABELED IN THE BOX and bought it just yesterday March 9,2010) and I am having all of the celiac symptoms. I could not find any gluten like ingredients in the label, but clearly it must have some gluten in it! And no, it could not have been anything else since I eat the same stuff during the weekdays, and I never get a celiacs attack…today was the first day in a year that I deviated from my regular diet by adding a cup of chex as a snack and I regret it terribly. Please beware of this cereal.

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