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NEW FOOD PACKAGING IN STORE NOW

From August 2018, customers will notice our rebranded food packaging start to appear on shelf in all major stockists.

  • CURRENT Packaging
  • new Packaging

We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

There are no major changes to these products, in some instances there is a small name change or slight recipe improvement, see below for the full details.

Products purchased via the website will be delivered to customers in our old packaging until the end of October. From November, products ordered from the website will be delivered in the new packaging.

Please note, our Infant Formula packaging will not be rebranded until later in 2019.

For any questions, connect with our team of accredited practising Dietitians on +61 3 6332 9200

Product name changes

  • Cereal Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Baby Rice
  • NEW Packaging Organic Rice with Prebiotic (GOS) Note: Our Baby Rice recipe has been upgraded to now include GOS Prebiotic
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Vanilla Rice Custard
  • NEW Packaging Organic Milk & Vanilla Baby Rice
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Porridge
  • NEW Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Baby Porridge
  • Ready To Serve Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Banana, Pear & Mango
  • New Packaging Organic Banana, Pear, Apple & Mango
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Mango, Blueberry & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Blueberry, Mango & Apple
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Peach & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Grape, Apple & Peach
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Pumpkin & Tomato Risotto
  • New Packaging Organic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Tomato
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Broccoli, Beef & Brown Rice
  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
  • Note: We have also upgraded some of our RTS recipes to remove added sugars and to remove some of the more complex ingredients that are not required for young children such as Tamari.
  • RUSKS NAME CHANGES
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Milk Rusks Toothiepegs
  • New Packaging Organic Milk Rusks
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Ask Susie: Does My Child Have an Issue with Gluten?

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The gluten free section of the supermarket continues to expand and so too does the conversation about the health benefits of a gluten free diet. You most likely know someone who

is gluten free, and probably other families who prefer their children follow a gluten free diet.

So, what is gluten? And, should we be eating it and how do you know if your child may have an issue with gluten?

What is gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat and some grains including barley and rye. One in 70 Australians are estimated to have coeliac disease, an autoimmune condition which attacks the small intestine when gluten is present. Coeliac disease is primarily managed with gluten-free diet. Indeed, the number of individuals suffering from autoimmune conditions in general is linked to the increasing incidence of conditions such as coeliac disease. There is a strong genetic link to those with autoimmune conditions, including coeliac disease.

What is the difference between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and coeliac disease?

The symptoms of coeliac disease can be very similar to that of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), with constipation, bloating, and abdominal discomfort common to both disorders.

One of the main differences though, is that unlike IBS, coeliac disease means that individuals cannot tolerate any gluten, whereas individuals who suffer from IBS can have a range of symptoms depending on whether their issues are caused by gluten or other food components. Generally, there is not one food or nutrient that will completely fix IBS, unlike coeliac disease where it is imperative that sufferers avoid all gluten in their diet.

What are the signs and symptoms of coeliac disease?

The signs and symptoms of coeliac disease in children can be wide and difficult to diagnose. Low iron levels may be detected clinically, and growth may be slowed, but this is not always the case and sometimes subtle symptoms (including stomach discomfort and food pickiness) may be the only behaviour or sign described.

When should my child start a gluten free diet?

The most important thing you can do if you have an inkling there may be something wrong in terms of your child’s food habits, growth and digestion, or if there is a family history of gut issues or coeliac disease, is to consult a medical doctor or paediatric gastroenterologist.

Coeliac disease cannot be diagnosed by a consultation or discussion; it is a clinical condition that requires very specific testing to be properly diagnosed. Often, recommendations to avoid gluten from holistic health practitioners are not based on the right tests and tools to confirm the presence of coeliac disease.

Most importantly, sometimes the gut issues we blame on gluten are not gluten related at all, and can be other additives or food components in your child’s diet. For this reason, before you remove gluten from your child’s diet, consult a dietician who is a qualified professional to manage dietary preference or intolerance to ensure your child’s diet remains balanced and nutritionally complete.

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Important Notice to Parents and Guardians

  • The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.
  • Having a balanced diet when breastfeeding is also important. Infant Formulas should only be used after you’ve sought advice from a doctor or health practitioner.
  • A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse and introducing partial bottle feeding may reduce the supply of breast milk. It is also wise to consider the cost of infant formula.
  • If you use infant formula, all preparation and feeding instructions must be followed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This is important for your baby’s health.