I just found this...it appears that Gluten is not added to Hunts tomato paste but if you scroll down it says...While the below foods do not contain added gluten, validation and testing on the food below is not complete.Wesson® Oils: all varietiesHunt's Tomato Sauces (excluding pasta sauces)Hunt's Tomato PasteKetchup: Hunt's all varietiesRO*TEL® Tomatoes (excluding sauces)So it appears that whilst this product does not have any Gluten added, they dont want to label it as such, possibly due to the possibility of cross contamination, I dont really know.I think I am just going to use it.
I don't know where you live, but if you live anywhere near a tomato sauce/paste plant - I can't see where the cc would come in? IF they don't add wheat to their tomato products.... You don't use the same equipment to farm. harvest and process wheat as for tomatoes. I bet they just don't want to have to raise the price of the sauces/pastes by testing every batch for gluten that they know they don't have around.