Just: Gluten Free Facts
What is Gluten?
What products contain Gluten?
Some personal care products contain gluten! Always read the product label.
What does it mean if a product is labelled ‘Gluten free’?
Only foods containing 20ppm (20mg/kg) of gluten or less can be labelled ‘gluten free’. Even naturally gluten free products may contain small amount of gluten. 20ppm is an amount of gluten which has been proved by research not to be toxic to people with Coeliac disease.
What are the ‘14 allergens’?
Annex II of the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation No.1169/2011 lists ingredients that must always be labelled in pre-packed and non-prepacked foods. They are known as 14 allergens. The list includes:
- Cereals containing gluten, namely: wheat (such as spelt and Khorasan wheat), rye, barley, oats
- Crustaceans for example prawns, crabs, lobster, crayfish
Nuts; namely almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecan nuts, Brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia (or Queensland) nuts
Celery (including celeriac)
- Sulphur dioxide/sulphites, where added and at a level above 10mg/kg in the finished product.
Lupin which includes lupin seeds and flour and can be found in types of bread, pastries and pasta
Molluscs like clams, mussels, whelks, oysters, snails and squid