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food query

Hi folks,

I know this is a real long shot but we are in the process of planning a trip to Saumur next summer but I have lactose intolerance. I need to find out if I will be able to find a supermarket that will stock lacto-free products. Can anyone either suggest a supermarket name to google or write to in the area or indeed tell me if they have seen any products like that during visits? Any help however small appreciated as I can;t go ahead and finalise plans until I know I can eat (thinking of camping!)

Many thanks

Mazpazz

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1. Re: food query

You've left something out of your question, I think -- there are *tons* of products that don't contain milk products (fruits, vegetables, meats, rice, etc., etc., etc)...are you looking for lacto-free dairy products, maybe?

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I'm not quite sure what you mean as I state lacto-free products in the original query???? Am I missing something? Dairy free does not always mean lacto free. Sorry confused by your post - no offence meant and appreciate you reading it and trying to help.

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3. Re: food query

Oh hang on I get what you mean - yes I am looking for lacto free dairy based products - sorry but all "lacto-free" labelled products in the uk are dairy based -milk, cheese, yoghurt and cream. I just assumed anyone reading this would know, but of course not everyone would. Apologies!

So if you can help. much obliged

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4. Re: food query

You shouldn't have any problems at all finding soy or rice milk -- it's very widely available (look for the Bio - organic - section)

Some folks can tolerate goats' milk -- you should be able to find that without enormous problems, as well.

There's also a brand of UHT milk (not refrigerated) called Viva, made by Candia - it's *reduced* (2,6g/100ml) lactose - you can see the package here:

http://www.candia-viva.fr/

The other major milk producer in France is Lactel - they have a milk called Matin Leger (light morning...??) that is only 0,5% lactose. See it here:

lactel.fr/chacun_son_lait/matin_leger.php…

You might also try to find a Bio (organic) supermarket - they'll usually have soy, almond, and rice milks, as well as soy cheeses and yoghurts. (I have some lactose-intolerant friends who can eat 'regular' cheeses and yoghurts, and others who can't...so it all depends on your particular situation)

Good luck...as always, read the labels (milk is 'lait', cream is 'creme', and butter is 'beurre') to be certain what you're dealing with.

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5. Re: food query

Many thanks,

Unfortunately I have very high intolerance which means that I can't take any lactose and also have problems with soya. Do you know what the biggest supermarket in the area would be - perhaps I can email them direct?

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6. Re: food query

Carrefour

E. Leclerc

Auchan

Intermarche

Cora

Monoprix

I'm sorry to say it, but I'll be very surprised if you get an answer.

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7. Re: food query

Well its worth a try. I got one when I emailed a St Lucia supermarket! Thank you so much for your efforts. XM

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8. Re: food query

Most of the larger hypermarkets have sections dedicated to specialist foods for those suffering from dietary problems or allergies. I am sorry I cannot answer your query more specifically as I am not often in these aisles! As luck would have it, though, E.Leclerc has recently opened one of the largest hypermarkets in the Western Loire at Saumur itself : http://www.e-leclerc.com/magasin/saumur You could telephone and ask for 'Un responsable qui parle anglais.' Alternatively, if you've a good idea of where you might be staying, you might enquire of your accommodation provider if they have any local knowledge. Another place to try is the Tourist Office in Saumur Telephone +33.(0)2.41.40.20.60. Most of their staff have English. Hope this might give you some pointers.

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9. Re: food query

Just noticed you were thinking of camping - would suggest you might have a word with Stu Bradley at Le Chant d' Oiseau not far from Saumur. He has extensive local knowledge and may be able to help. Website is http://www.loire-gites.com/ Don't be fooled by name, it's a bijou camp-site as well. I hope you get things sorted out as there is so much to see and do in and around Saumur.

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10. Re: food query

Thank you so much for the advice and links. I have just contacted the campsite we are thinking of staying at and asked exactly what you suggest so fingers crossed they might be able to help. I will definately try contacting the supermarket, but I might try emailing first as I can get help in writing in French!

Really grateful for all the advice

Mazpazz