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Alex J

Tesco 'free From' Range

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Visiting back home and very pleased to see the amount of gluten free processed food available here. Biscuits! At last!

Anyhow - I understand that glucose syrup, maltodextrin and dextrose don't have to be identified as derived from wheat or any other gluten grain. Has anyone called about the glucose syrup in the various biscuits in Tesco's free from range to find out what it is derived from?

Has anyone found out whether these foods are produced on dedicated lines?

Anyone had any problems with any of them?

I'd really appreciate any advice/opinions/experience and would also like to say thank you for the earlier recommendation of DS bread, which my son is enjoying.


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In Australia it is safe to eat glucose syrup derived from wheat as it has been processed so that there is no detectable gluten. I am not sure if this is the case worldwide but I assume it is. Also dextrose from wheat and caramel from wheat is gluten free here in Australia for the same reason - it has been processed to the extent that no gluten remains in the product.

If you are in the UK you might want to take care as I have heard that UK standards allow wheat starch which we do not allow in Australia. Even though wheat starch may only contain a small amount of gluten some people can be sensitive to it.

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Amber, as far as I know the dextrose etc. aren't processed differently in different parts of the world. They are considered safe because indeed the amount of gluten left after processing is very very small. Some people, including me, do react though, which makes shopping a bit of a pain...

I don't know the source of the glucose syrup in the free from range, might be a good idea to contact the manufacturer. I got sick the last two times I visited Britain, despite being as careful as I could, so I don't feel very trusting about British gluten-free products anymore... :P But it's always hard to avoid cc when travelling so it could also be that.


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