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I couldn't really find out for sure when I tried. I think I ended up on a UK website that said they contained a small amount of gluten so I have avoided them, but who knows about North America.

I use Fisherman's Friend, all of their flavours are gluten-free.

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From thier website...

Are your Products gluten-free?

In the United States, there are no established government standards as to what can be considered gluten-free or what is safe for use in celiac patients. Our products contain less than 0.01% gluten. We urge you to share this information with your doctor or to contact the Celiac Sprue Association of the USA @1-877-CSA-4CSA.

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Thank you for your inquiry about our Ricola products.

Please be advised that all Ricola products are considered as gluten free according to the international Codex Alimentarius Standard.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any additional information.

Kind regards,

Parmiss Aryan

Marketing Coordinator

Lindt & Sprüngli (Canada) Inc.

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I just sent an inquiry to Ricola and got a reply back; apparently they are NOT completely gluten-free! Here's the email I sent:

I would like to know more about the gluten-free status of Ricola cough

drops. Your web site says that they contain less than 0.01% gluten.

Does this mean that they definitely contain a very small amount of

gluten (for instance, is the starch syrup derived from wheat?), or that

you have tested them and this is the threshold below which the test

result is negative?

And here's the reply they sent:

Dear Jeanne,

We have received your recent e-mail concerning Ricola products.

In response to your question, yes, Ricola drops do contain a very small

amount of gluten and the starch syrup is not derived from wheat.

To answer your second question, per the EU Directive 2003/89/EC and

adapted by a second amending Directive 2005/26/EC (since the product is

manufactured in Europe, it must comply with European standards) we can

attest that our product complies with Swiss Celiac Association

standards. There are no established government standards in the US as

to what can be considered gluten-free or what is safe for use in celiac

patients. Our product contains less than 0.01% gluten.

I hope this information is useful to you and thank you for your interest

in Ricola products.

Ricola USA Inc.

Fatima Ferguson

Customer Relations

So, they're considered gluten-free by Swiss standards, but they do, in fact, contain gluten. :(

Jeanne

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On Wednesday Jan. 9th, 2013 my Mom started taking Ricola Cough Drops for this really nasty cough she had. My Dad bought

the first time a different brand of Ludens and they worked great. Now came along Ricola and after the 3rd cough drops around dinner

time she because ill and that she called the doctor and he prescibed a medicine over the phone and called it into the

pramacy.

She threw up her dinner and looks so sick right now.

I looked at the package and read the ingredients and there was nothing there that looked like it could hurt her.

But she has the gluten systoms. Her stomach blew up and she is rubbing it because it hurts. She is going to the bathroom a lot

and its hard now she is recovering from hip surgery. She was in Rehab for a long time and we took her out and now my Dad who is 90 this Sat. and I take care of her. She is burping a lot. The Gluten reaction when you eat something Gluten.

I have gotten to know Gluten reactions since I am around her a lot. She had a Gluten Attack in Rehab because it was in one of

her medicines.

Its amazing where Gluten hides.

So I would say whoever out there that is really Gluten Free.STAY AWAY FROM RICOLA COUGH DROPS. They might say they

are Gluten Free in Switzerland but not in the US.

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There are no established government standards in the US as to what can be considered gluten-free or what is safe for use in celiac patients. Our product contains less than 0.01% gluten.

They might say they are Gluten Free in Switzerland but not in the US.

The information in the first quote is six years old. We talk here all the time about whether 20 parts per million is safe. Many argue that the limit should be 10 ppm, or even 5 ppm. The figure of 0.01% is 100 ppm. It may have qualified as gluten-free in Switzerland in 2007, but it is far higher than the accepted limit today in the EU. Canada does not have a ppm rule, but forbids anything with a gluten-grain derived ingredient being labeled gluten-free. The US still has no rule as we begin 2013.

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Well ricola cough drops might be considered gluten free somewhere somehow, but I have the flu, a 103 fever, a horrible sore throat, a nasty cough, congestion, a four day headache, I ache all over and now I have gluten poisoning on top of all this??? (Burping, flatulence, bloat, stomach upset and distension, weird bowel movements, and my joints will scream for a month!) I’m not even celiac and I have this reaction??? Thanks ricola, just what I needed. Not. RICOLA IS NOT NOT NOT GLUTEN FREE!!! I could have had bread or pasta or Guinness and felt better than this!!! Just to keep the record straight, I had ricola dual action, Swiss cherry drops. 

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5 hours ago, Ahpartist said:

Well ricola cough drops might be considered gluten free somewhere somehow, but I have the flu, a 103 fever, a horrible sore throat, a nasty cough, congestion, a four day headache, I ache all over and now I have gluten poisoning on top of all this??? (Burping, flatulence, bloat, stomach upset and distension, weird bowel movements, and my joints will scream for a month!) I’m not even celiac and I have this reaction??? Thanks ricola, just what I needed. Not. RICOLA IS NOT NOT NOT GLUTEN FREE!!! I could have had bread or pasta or Guinness and felt better than this!!! Just to keep the record straight, I had ricola dual action, Swiss cherry drops. 

I had issues with them years ago and found these https://www.luckyvitamin.com/sb-Zand-Cough-drops

 

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