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I can't say this is universal at Kroger because I almost never get meat or cheese from the deli, but my dad saw a sign at a Kroger deli in Roanoke, Va., recently that said EVERYTHING they slice, deli meats and cheese, is gluten-free. No need to worry about CC on the slicer.

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I can't say this is universal at Kroger because I almost never get meat or cheese from the deli, but my dad saw a sign at a Kroger deli in Roanoke, Va., recently that said EVERYTHING they slice, deli meats and cheese, is gluten-free. No need to worry about CC on the slicer.

richard

Wow! Our grocery has a big sign about Boars Head being gluten free. When you ask, they admit they cut other products that aren't gluten-free.

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I was just thinking that about kroger. I really want some deli meat but I am not sure if they cut all their stuff on one slicer or if they have a dedicated slicer. It would be great if they did! Next week I will ask

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A clarification. I checked the Kroger my father went to and all of the deli meats and cheeses that they slice are Private Selection and the sign he saw and that I have now seen confirms that ALL Private Selection meats and cheeses are now gluten-free. So the slicer they use for those will be gluten-free. Other Krogers also have Boars Head meats and cheeses, but Boars Head is ALSO completely gluten free. Some Krogers used to also have Sara Lee but don't know if that's true now.

Bottom line -- if your Kroger has nothing but Private Selection and/or Boar's Head and they have a slicer they use for nothing else, there's no need to worry. You're home free.

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A clarification. I checked the Kroger my father went to and all of the deli meats and cheeses that they slice are Private Selection and the sign he saw and that I have now seen confirms that ALL Private Selection meats and cheeses are now gluten-free. So the slicer they use for those will be gluten-free. Other Krogers also have Boars Head meats and cheeses, but Boars Head is ALSO completely gluten free. Some Krogers used to also have Sara Lee but don't know if that's true now.

Bottom line -- if your Kroger has nothing but Private Selection and/or Boar's Head and they have a slicer they use for nothing else, there's no need to worry. You're home free.

richard

Thank you for the current information!

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Just be careful of beef. The convenience store I work in sells roast beef in the deli, and it is seasoned with gluten-containing soy sauce. Otherwise, all of the meats and cheeses we sell is glutenfree.

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A clarification. I checked the Kroger my father went to and all of the deli meats and cheeses that they slice are Private Selection and the sign he saw and that I have now seen confirms that ALL Private Selection meats and cheeses are now gluten-free. So the slicer they use for those will be gluten-free. Other Krogers also have Boars Head meats and cheeses, but Boars Head is ALSO completely gluten free. Some Krogers used to also have Sara Lee but don't know if that's true now.

Bottom line -- if your Kroger has nothing but Private Selection and/or Boar's Head and they have a slicer they use for nothing else, there's no need to worry. You're home free.

richard

Great info, thanks!

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Just be careful of beef. The convenience store I work in sells roast beef in the deli, and it is seasoned with gluten-containing soy sauce. Otherwise, all of the meats and cheeses we sell is glutenfree.

This is not the case with Private Selection and Boar's Head beef.

In another update, a second Kroger I checked slices JUST Private Selection and Boar's Head. They have Sara Lee but it's presliced and packaged elsewhere.

richard

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Excellent, Richard! Thanks!

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I would be honest, I don't think I would trust anything at a Kroger deli, sadly. Even if the slicer only comes into contact with gluten free foods, there is still so much surrounding the meat and cheese that is not gluten free - like some of the dishes served at the deli - that the risk of CC from sources OTHER than the slicer seem too great.

And I don't know if you've ever taken a look at Kroger's gluten-free list, but even they don't consider it safe. They have a warning on their gluten-free list, under their section on cross contamination.

"...We recommend that individuals attempting to eliminate gluten from their diets not consume any items made in the store bakery or the deli due to the likelihood of cross contamination. This includes meat sliced in the deli."

I'm sure some individual stores might make more of an effort, so perhaps one that is more aware would be safe, but I wouldn't think it's common.

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The Krogers I go to keeps meats and cheeses in their own case away from the prepared foods. Every meat and cheese they slice on that slicer is gluten-free now.

Kroger also has this on its website:

"However, speak with your Deli Manager to make arrangements to have your deli meats and cheeses sliced either first thing in the morning or after the slicers have been cleaned, due to the risk of cross contamination."

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