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Posted 18 December 2011 - 03:55 PM

I'm working on Christmas cookies and am ready to frost them and realized I haven't researched food colorings very well yet. I have McCormick food coloring- just the regular package of red/blue/green/yellow drops to add to the frosting. I know their seasonings are good, so am I safe with the food coloring also? I also have a couple of colors of Wilton that's more of a gel. The label on the gel food coloring says it's processed in a facility that also produces wheat products :( I was hoping to use the gel but I probably shouldn't.
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Posted 18 December 2011 - 05:38 PM

There is a discussion of food colorings on gluten free faces (I tried to link it but it would not work.)

Looks like The McCormick ones are safe.

McCormick Response:

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. We appreciate your interest
in our Assorted Food Color (Four Pack) and welcome the opportunity to be of
assistance to you.

McCormick Food Colors are gluten free.

We are aware of special allergies and intolerances to certain ingredients
such as the following:

Peanuts Fish Soy proteins Sulfites
Tree nuts Eggs Wheat proteins Yellow No. 5 & 6
Shellfish Milk Red Pepper

As a responsible food company, McCormick follows the U.S. Food Drug &
Cosmetic Act regulations to ensure consumer safety concerning food
allergens. We declare these ingredients on our label in the ingredient
statement. Federal regulations require us to list sulfites if they are
over 10 parts per million, so we use that as our label declaration limit.

If a product does not have an ingredient statement, it is a pure spice or
herb with nothing added and is gluten free. In addition, the alcohol in
all of our extracts does not come from grain and is gluten free.

Because we are constantly improving our products, we do not offer a list of
our products that do not currently contain glutens. We encourage you to
read the ingredient statement on your package at the time of purchase to
ensure accurate, up to date information.

In addition, we follow good manufacturing practices at our plants. Our
employees are trained in the importance of correct labeling and the
necessity of performing thorough equipment wash-downs to eliminate
cross-contact of ingredients.

Although we cannot guarantee our products to be 100% free of allergens not
listed on the label, we want you to know that we take this situation
seriously and have taken extra precautions to eliminate the possibility of
mislabeling or cross-contact.

We invite you to sign up from our website to be a regular "My McCormick"
user and receive our online newsletter with recipes and cooking tips.

If we can be of further assistance, please call us at 1-800-632-5847,
Monday through Friday, 9:30AM to 5PM Eastern Time. If you wish to respond
to this note by e-mail, please include your name and e-mail address.

We hope to have the continued pleasure of serving you.

Carolyn Stone
Consumer Affairs Specialist
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Posted 19 December 2011 - 05:54 AM

I don't know of any food colors anywhere that have gluten.

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