In an era of heightened awareness for the gluten-free diet it has become increasingly more difficult to decipher the manufacturing practices of gluten-free manufacturers. The market space is no longer dominated by pioneers in gluten-free food manufacturing; it is populated by companies who make gluten and gluten-free products in the same facility, by large manufactures who have changed their ingredient statements to fit a gluten-free profile and by companies who’s intent never was to produce gluten-free products, but who are now badging their products ‘gluten-free’ because the market is lucrative. Add to the confusion gluten-free organizations, who offer gluten-free certifications with very little oversight, little or no follow-up testing and who fail to investigate or acknowledge sub standard test results for ‘certified’ companies who repeatedly test over 20ppm by 3rd party labs.
It is a glorious and dangerous new world for people with Celiac disease. Glorious because of all the new and better tasting products now available; dangerous because where once we could be assured of safety by diligently reading labels or calling the company; now so many products carry an organization certification badge adopted to alleviate our fears and concerns, but do they? – Not if the standards and protocols for the certification are not stringent and diligent.
At Glutenfreeda Foods, we have built our business and our future on providing the safest gluten-free products available. The aforementioned era of heightened awareness has translated into an explosion of people now on gluten-free diets. These people include Celiacs, people with gluten sensitivity, people who believe a gluten-free diet is healthy and people who believe a gluten-free diet is the answer to weight loss. We welcome anyone who chooses to live on a gluten-free diet, but we’ve built our business for people with Celiac disease who have zero tolerance. We have developed a program of stringent standards, protocols and procedures to assure the utmost safety of our products.
What makes Glutenfreeda’ Certification the Gold Standard? Plenty.
We start with our suppliers. All approved suppliers must comply with our list of gluten-free criteria which includes providing a certificate of analysis identifying that their ingredients are tested and in compliance with FDA’s Gluten-Free Labeling Final Rule. Suppliers need to assure that risks, critical control points, and preventative measures are identified in the handling of gluten-free ingredients at their facilities. Their HACCP must include a dedicated program for handling of gluten-free products and a Hazard Analysis that includes Critical Control Points must be established to formalize a gluten-free program and protocol.
We perform a risk assessment for all ingredients identifying their potential risk of cross-contamination. For ingredients that we determine have a significant risk, we conduct an audit at the supplier’s facility and perform our own tests on the ingredient before we accept them onto our production floor.
We conduct on-going gluten testing at our facility. All our ingredients, equipment, production environment, and finished products are tested continuously on a rotating basis according to company’s self certifying gluten-free program. All of our products test below 5ppm. Each quarter, we send a sample of every product we produce to an outside 3rd party lab for verification in triplicate. All verifications have returned less than 5ppm gluten. (In fact, we consistently test less than 2.5ppm, the lowest number the test reports.)
Production and packing lines are also tested on an on-going frequent schedule.
Besides our rigorous testing procedures, Glutenfreeda Foods is also a 100% dedicated gluten-free facility. No gluten has ever been on our production floor since our inception, ever. It is our belief that co-producing gluten and gluten-free products in the same facility is an unsafe practice that can lead to cross-contamination and in our opinion is risky business.
All Glutenfreeda Foods products carry our trade marked Glutenfreeda Certification badge.
This badge is your assurance that you and your family are consuming the safest gluten-free products available. Unlike other certifications like organic or kosher, for many of us, living on a gluten-free diet is not a choice but a necessary life long lifestyle that we must adopt to improve and sustain our health.
Safe, authentic tasting, quality gluten-free products is what we’re all about and the reason we continue to earn our customer’s trust and loyalty.
Chief Executive Officer; Celiac