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What is the potential problem with deli meat? I've searched but all I can find are lists of brands that are gluten-free. This is not so helpful to me as I live abroad-- I'm wondering what *ingredients* I need to watch out for that would have the hidden gluten. Is it just artificial flavors and modified food starch (no idea what the content law is on that where I live).

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Also, for your own health and well-being, you should stay away from all the nitrate crap. Hormel's new brand of lunchmeat (the all natural stuff) is really good and also states gluten-free on the back. The bacon is really good too. It's not as expensive as the premium stuff. When it's on sale, I buy a bunch and freeze it.

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The problem with deli meat from the counter is that the slicers are probably contaminated from all the other deli meat they slice on it that does contain gluten. Applewood Farms sells pre-packaged deli meats that are delicious and gluten-free. The brand is sold in Whole Foods Market here in the Northeast. Very high quality product also!

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What is the potential problem with deli meat? I've searched but all I can find are lists of brands that are gluten-free. This is not so helpful to me as I live abroad-- I'm wondering what *ingredients* I need to watch out for that would have the hidden gluten. Is it just artificial flavors and modified food starch (no idea what the content law is on that where I live).

You should see if there's a celiac associaion in Switzerland that can provide some information for you. Labeling laws and ingredients vary greatly from country to country, and an additive that's safe in one county, might not be in another.

Be careful about using information that specifically applies to the US or to Canada.

Hope you get your answer soon :)

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What is the potential problem with deli meat? I've searched but all I can find are lists of brands that are gluten-free. This is not so helpful to me as I live abroad-- I'm wondering what *ingredients* I need to watch out for that would have the hidden gluten. Is it just artificial flavors and modified food starch (no idea what the content law is on that where I live).

I don't know if Switzerland follows the same allergen labelling laws that a lot of European countries do... in most of the EU, gluten has to be clearly marked on the label, and the only exceptions are maltodextrin, dextrose and glucose syrup (that sometimes but not always are from wheat) because those are considered refined enough to be safe. So if you read the ingredients and don't see any obvious gluten sources, then you only need to check the source of those three. It can also be corn, so it's not an automatic no no. Most celiacs I know eat products with wheat glucose syrup without problems btw.

But check with the local celiac association, I'm just writing this from memory and I could be wrong.

Pauliina

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I have also seen some that contain broth and that can contain wheat.

Butterball lunch meat, when owned by CONAGRA, contained flavors with gluten containing broth. <_< I try to stick with good brands, like Oscar Myer, Hormel, etc.

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I have called Hillshire Farms and their deli selects are gluten free. I think Sara Lee owns them. They sent me a coupon for them and I eat them all the time with corn soft tortillas.

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we buy Thumann's because they have a gluten free list and I called them to confirm that the ham and bologna is also dairy free as well.

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