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Does anyone know why some Wegmans meat says gluten-free and other meat does not? 

 

 I hate to be overthinking this but it seems that the organic steak will have the gluten-free Logo on it  but the regular steak will not. Yet in my boyfriend's fridge right now there is a non-organic peppercorn pork loin that says gluten free and a non organic package of turkey breast tenderloins that doesn't say gluten free.

 He asked me this morning if we could cook the turkey for dinner and I honestly have no idea. The only ingredient listed on the back is turkey. It does say on the front that it contains less than 5% retained water. Just seems odd to me that the turkey Would not have the Wegmans gluten-free logo but the peppercorn marinated pork tenderloin Does. 

  Anyone have any experience with this?

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This store is not near me.  Did you read their website about gluten free?

https://www.wegmans.com/health-nutrition/special-diets.html

Like most supermarkets, they outsource their store-brand products.  It sounds like they rely on suppliers to meet gluten-free labeling requirements.  Meat and poultry are a bit different as they fall under the USDA and not the FDA.  I think most try to follow the FDA gluten free/allergen rules.  

http://www.glutenfreedietitian.com/gluten-free-diet-basics/

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/f9cbb0e9-6b4d-4132-ae27-53e0b52e840e/Allergens-Ingredients.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

I think you will find inconsistencies in meat labeling, because wegmans does outsource.  They probably do not make their suppliers follow in-house specifications, but rely on their suppliers following USDA or FDA guildelines/rules. 

Personally, I just read the label on a packaged item.   If gluten free, I eat it.  Now, in a butcher shop, I do have concerns as butchers like to flavor meats and they set them in a case where cross contamination could occur. In that case,  I talk to the butcher.  For example, I just had a discussion again with Costco.   I have read the ingredient list on their packaged in-house steaks that were pre-seasoned.  The list does not contain gluten ingredients (if I recall).   I still can not buy those steaks because I can not eat garlic.  But I did confirm that while cutting meat there is no known gluten in the butchering area.  I do not worry about garlic cross contamination as I only have an intolerance to it.  

Sounds like that turkey is safe.  Now, go eat it!  


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Technically, they aren't supposed to label plain naturally gluten-free things like meat or apples gluten free.    The flavored one you had, with seasoning or spices or whatever, is different than just meat.  


 

 

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1 hour ago, kareng said:

Technically, they aren't supposed to label plain naturally gluten-free things like meat or apples gluten free.    The flavored one you had, with seasoning or spices or whatever, is different than just meat.  

Wegmans is great at gluten free. They have celiacs in the family and really know their stuff. Karen is correct that just plain meat will not be labeled gluten free. They also check carefully that their store brand items are safe. I once found a small container of nuts that had the gluten-free label but the large one of the same nut didn't. I called and asked why and was told they came from different sources and the large one had a chance of CC.  So glad Wegmans is in my area!


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1 hour ago, kareng said:

Technically, they aren't supposed to label plain naturally gluten-free things like meat or apples gluten free.    The flavored one you had, with seasoning or spices or whatever, is different than just meat.  

They  do label some of their plain non seasoned organic meat though which is what kind of confused me.

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14 minutes ago, ravenwoodglass said:

Wegmans is great at gluten free. They have celiacs in the family and really know their stuff. Karen is correct that just plain meat will not be labeled gluten free. They also check carefully that their store brand items are safe. I once found a small container of nuts that had the gluten-free label but the large one of the same nut didn't. I called and asked why and was told they came from different sources and the large one had a chance of CC.  So glad Wegmans is in my area!

I Know!  we are very lucky to have them.

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Just now, ironictruth said:

They  do label some of their plain non seasoned organic meat though which is what kind of confused me.

They aren't supposed to... but the government doesn't have resources to jump on everything.  And that isn't going to hurt anyone.


 

 

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