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On many sites it says that Citric Acid is in fact safe at least in the US.

This is from a site I went to:

When citric acid is made in the United States, it is made from sugar cane, sugar beets or corn; however, when it is produced in China, it may be made from wheat.

I'm not sure about other countries because it did not say but I know in the US it is safe according to everything I have read. I have heard it can be derived from wheat in other countries though. When it is made in other countries then I would call and make sure unless the brand doesn't hide it.

Lynne Billington-If you need a good brand of jam...Smuckers will not hide gluten in their products.

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I read two threads on celiacforums (just after you mentioned it) discussing citric acid. The point they're making about citric acid in other countries is that it can be imported and used by companies in the US, even though it contains wheat.....I don't know how this all works or if the company has an obligation to mention that it contains wheat since all citric acid in the US doesn't, etc., etc.

Lynne, have you called the company to verify that the jelly really isn't gluten-free?

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I guess another thing to do is look and see where it was made. If it was made in the US it's safe otherwise it may or may not be safe.

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This is why being on a gluten free diet is more expensive for me. I will only by brand names that I trust. By that, I mean I can contact the company and get a clear answer. If the company says they can not be responsible for the companies they buy their ingredients from, it is not the company that deserves my business.


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In the book WHEAT-FREE RECIPES & MENUS by Carol Fenster, Ph.D. it states on page 244

"Citric Acid" This is always a suspicious ingredient since citric acid can be fermented from corn, beets, molasses, or wheat. While corn is the only source used by manufactures in the U.S., about 25% of the citric acid used in food and drink in the U.S. is imported from other countries and could contain wheat. By the way, Coke and Pepsi use corn in their citric acid."

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