Blue Diamond Natural Almond Nut Thins- Gluten Free Or Not?
Posted 17 August 2010 - 10:41 AM
I just recently bought a box of Blue Diamond Natural Almond Nut Thins as a cracker option for my 28-month old son who has Celiac Disease. The box says "gluten free" all over it, but when I got home and read the box more closely, I found that it also says "Produced in a facility that also makes products containing: soy, pecans, hazelnuts and wheat." This is followed by "Each production run is sampled and tested to confirm gluten levels do not exceed 20 ppm." And then they proudly proclaim that they support the Celiac Disease Foundation.
So, I'm sort of new to this and since I'm not Celiac, it's hard for me to know if 20ppm of gluten is too much. My inclination is to throw them out, or at least keep them away from my son. What would you do? Does less than 20ppm mean "gluten-free" for everybody? Or are some people so sensitive that 20 ppm is too much? I've been avoiding "processed in a plant that also processes wheat" products up until now.
What would you do?
Posted 17 August 2010 - 11:13 AM
What they said is that they are aware that cross-contamination is possible, so they test. The test, like all tests, has a sensitivity limit. The one they use is sensitive to 20ppm. (The best test available is sensitive to 5ppm, but it is too expensive to be used in a mainstream product marketed to everybody.) No test can test for zero (ever), so no product can make a guarantee that it is absolutely 100% gluten-free.
With most mainstream products, there is no test at all, so accidental cc could be even higher than 20ppm, were it to occur.
Diagnosis by biopsy of practically non-existent villi; gluten-free since July 2000.
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