Oh my gosh, I am so relieved to know that my TOILET BOWL CLEANER is GLUTEN FREE. I plan on drinking my toilet water! NOT!
So, let me get this right, my bacon and ice cream, because they are meat and dairy products, DON’T have to be labeled if they are processed on equipment or in a facility with wheat, or contain added gluten according to the FDA. But my toilet cleaner is labeled?
Guess what? Processed, even just sliced and packaged products of meats and ice cream are known to contain enough gluten to make me sick.
I’ve been having vague tummy issues so I’ve been trying to narrow it down to what I’ve eaten lately. In doing so, I emailed Trader Joe’s the following:
How can I verify if products are produced in a gluten free facility? Are your Uncured Bacon Ends & Pieces and French Vanilla Ice Cream Gluten Free? They are on not on your Gluten Free Online pdf list. I am Celiac and am trying to figure out what I am reacting to.
Trader Joes Reply: Thank you for contacting us with your product inquiries. In response, both of the products referenced do not contain any gluten ingredients, however, they have not been tested for possible cross contamination. Therefore, we do not make a “gluten free” claim for these products.
They didn’t answer the first part of my question: Are they produced in a gluten free facility?
Duh, I can read the ingredients label and know that gluten wasn’t added but I’m asking about cross contamination.
Trader Joe’s used to be one of my favorite stores. But over the last couple of years I find I am buying fewer and fewer of their products for this very reason.
Back to making more homemade ice cream, homemade granola, my own baked goods and buying real food that I can identify the species: a banana, an egg, a zucchini etc. I’m realizing that meat “if packaged” may not be safe. I can usually get a straight answer from the butcher at the local market. Did you know that a packaged “fresh” turkey or packaged bacon can contain gluten? And as mentioned, legally ice cream doesn’t need to be labeled. Dairy and meat are exempt from the FDA lbelling law of the top 8 allergens.