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Hormel Pepperoni And Verifying A Gluten-Free Claim

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:54 AM

I have seen Hormel Pepperoni lauded several times on this site and other sites as being gluten-free. It says "gluten free" right on the package, and I have contacted the company to make sure, and they stated that their pepperoni is indeed gluten-free. However, Hormel Pepperoni ALWAYS gives me a gluten-like reaction. I am very sensitive, and it makes me extremely ill. There is little doubt that I have been glutened after eating just a few bites.

My question is this: Is there a company or a U.S. agency that reviews products that claim to be gluten-free to verify whether it is truly gluten-free? If a product such as this clearly labels itself "gluten free" is there a way to find out if there is a certain percentage of gluten that is slipping into it that they are not admitting?

In any case, I just want those of you who may be very sensitive to small amounts of gluten to be careful when chosing Hormel. It may be safe for some, but if it does contain trace amounts of gluten it may not be gluten-free-enough for those of us who cannot tolerate even the smallest amount of cross-contamination.
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 12:59 PM

Welcome, Amy! There is no test out there that can measure zero gluten. I do use and trust Hormel as do many others on this forum.

Maybe you just can't tolerate this product for one reason or another so in that case, it's better to just avoid it. Our bodies can be pretty wonky at times and we can react to most anything and everything.
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 01:12 PM

I agree with Sylvia. Given the number of members here who use it without issue, I would suspect that there is something other than gluten in Hormel pepperoni which causes you to react.
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 01:41 PM

I eat it all the time and have no issues. I am very sensitive. What are the ingredients of the items you eat it with? Pizza crust etc. You may be intolerant either to something in one of them or you system may just not be able to handle something else in the pepperoni.
I notice you are new so welcome. If your having it on pizza what are you cooking the pizza on? An old pizza pan, peal or stone could be CC'd from past gluten use. Even the cutter could possibly be an issue.
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Posted 22 May 2012 - 05:05 AM

I have never seen anybody else complain that Hormel pepperoni affects them.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 05:09 AM

Its pretty greasy. Maybe that was it? No problem with Hormel products. Logically, if none of the meat products have gluten, probably not cc.
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 09:00 AM

Ditto- I'm very sensitive and have no problems with their regular pepperoni.

One thing, their turkey pepperoni and I don't agree, but sometimes other turkey products bother me....maybe that's something that affects you too?
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