Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Uncle Ben's Rice Time - some are suitable for coeliacs/gluten free

I spotted an ad for Uncle Ben's Rice Time - little duo pots of rice and sauce.  As always on the hunt for food that can safely eaten while travelling I had a look at their website. I don't currently buy any of their products, but could be tempted to try these just for sheer convenience.

 I couldn't find an easy list of what was suitable or not on their website so wrote to the company.  A few days later this helpful list arrived.  I will write back and check how many ppm of gluten they count as suitable for coeliacs, as the UK standard has too much in for me

Dear Lois 

Please find below a list of Dolmio and Uncle Ben's products that are currently suitable for a Coeliac diet

Sauce for Bolognese: Original, Original Low Fat, Organic, Extra Onion & Garlic, Extra Mushrooms, Extra Spicy, Tomato Sauce for Lasagne, Creamy Sauce for Lasagne, Roasted Onion & Garlic Lasagne Sauce
Chunky Sauces for Bolognese: Sweet Pepper, Mediterranean Vegetable, Summer Vegetables
Taste of Italy Sauces for Pasta: Tomato & Mediterranean Vegetables, Tomato & Basil, Tomato & Garlic, Tomato & Chilli
Microwaveable Pouches: Spicy Italian Chilli, Sun Ripened Tomato & Basil, Carbonara
Microwaveable Bolognese Pouches: Original, Extra Mushroom, Extra Onion & Garlic
Pasta Bakes: Carbonara, Creamy Tomato, Sun Dried Tomato & Cheese, Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable
Stir-In Sauces: Sweet Pepper, Sun Dried Tomato, Sun Dried Tomato Light, Oven Roasted Vegetables, Smoked Bacon & Tomato, Creamy Carbonara, Slow Roasted Garlic & Tomato, Cherry Tomato & Pesto, Spicy Tomato & Sweet Onion, Pepperoni
My Dolmio Sauces: Creamy Tomato Sauce, Tomato & Cheese Sauce, Tomato & Pepperoni Sauce
My Dolmio Squeeze Me Pasta Sauces: Tomato & Basil, Creamy Tomato, Tomato & Cheese

Oriental Sauces: Sweet & Sour Original, Sweet & Sour Light, Sweet & Sour Extra Pineapple, Lemon Chicken,
Indian Sauces: Korma, Tikka Masala, Medium Curry, Hot Curry, Balti
Mexican Sauces: Mild Chilli, Medium Chilli, Hot Chilli
Thai Sauces: Thai Coconut Curry,
Rice: Wholegrain, Long Grain, Long Grain boil-in-the-bag, Wholegrain boil-in-the-bag, Basmati boil-in-the-bag
Express Rice: Long Grain Express Rice, Basmati Express Rice, Pilau Express Rice, Vegetable Pilau Express Rice, Golden Vegetable Express Rice, Mushroom Express Rice, Mexican Style Express Rice, Savoury Chicken Flavoured Express Rice, Wholegrain Express Rice, Lemon & Rosemary Express Rice, Special Fried Express Rice, Tomato & Basil Express Rice, Spicy Mexican Express Rice, Long Grain Wild Express Rice, Basmati & Thai Express Rice, Thai Curry Express Rice, Wholegrain & Mediterranean Vegetable Express Rice, Tandoori Express Rice, Mixed Pepper Express Rice, Egg Fried Express Rice, Thai Sweet Chilli
Risotto: Tomato & Herb, Chicken & Mushroom, Bacon & Mushroom, Mediterranean Vegetables
Rice Time (Twin Pots with sauce and rice): Medium Curry, Tikka Masala, Sweet & Sour, Mexican Chilli

Mars Food UK Limited, exercises every care in providing this product information, changes may occur in the future.

If you need any further information or advice please contact our Consumer Careline on the telephone number below and one of our Consumer Care Advisors will be more than happy to help you. 

Kind regards. 

Paula Ricketts 
Consumer Care Team 
0800 952 1234 


  1. Thanks for this - glad to know it is gf. I had a sweet&sour pot at lunchtime and I feel funny... maybe I ate too fast.

  2. I had a Uncle Ben's Rice Time Pot Mexican Chilli and was not good afterward, can only think it was that that made me ill.

    1. Maybe you don't like chilli or have a reaction to it. my daughter is gluten free and I give uncle ben's express rice all the time, and theres no issue. I give her mexican rice because she loves chilli so like they said it is GF. Although nothing can be guaranteed as 100% GF, after all maybe someone packing it had regular gluten filled bread for lunch and somehow got one or two crumbs into a pack, however unlikely that is, it is possible and therefore you could then eat the product with no knowledge of what has happened. But it's more likely that any germs that you have consumed along with your food are likely to have come from your plate and utensils more so than your food. The other thing is that for most people aside from the odd one in a million, chances are that if you get sick from food it is more likely to be something you ate up to 24 hours prior rather than something you just ate. remember the bacteria need time to get into your system and breed and expand enough to cause problems. this does not happen within a few minutes of eating, it takes hours for the process to occur.

  3. Rice time medium curry now says "may contain gluten" :(

    1. thanks for that -best to avoid the range I suppose


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