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I couldn't find a quick answer online - do Tyson Frozen Chicken products have gluten in the broth? I was surprised that broth was listed as an ingredient but it doesn't say what's in the broth

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Safest way is to call them and ask.

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All meat must clearly list any gluten. If it doesn't say wheat, rye or barley, it's gluten-free. Separate rule from the allergen law.

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We've had problems with frozen chicken with broth...I'd call or email if you can't find info online. Email responses can take about 24-48 hours.

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We've had problems with frozen chicken with broth...I'd call or email if you can't find info online. Email responses can take about 24-48 hours.

It's not because of gluten unless you ignored listed gluten. ALL gluten must be listed in meat.

richard

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If chicken has broth added it is not the chicken you need to worry about it is the broth and it is not unknown for broth to contain gluten ingredients. Flavorings in the broth can contain gluten ingredients. Actual grain needs to be disclosed but flavoring in broth does not.

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It's not because of gluten unless you ignored listed gluten. ALL gluten must be listed in meat.

richard

Broth and flavorings can contain gluten and not be disclosed. I contact manufacturer when in doubt!

We learned the flavoring, spice, modified food starch (if it's source is not listed) lesson the hard way...when in doubt - CHECK or risk an accidental glutnening.

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Broth and flavorings can contain gluten and not be disclosed.

Your source for this? This is definitely NOT what I was told by the USDA.

richard

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If chicken has broth added it is not the chicken you need to worry about it is the broth and it is not unknown for broth to contain gluten ingredients. Flavorings in the broth can contain gluten ingredients. Actual grain needs to be disclosed but flavoring in broth does not.

This is most definitely NOT what the USDA told me. When I called them, I was told all I had to do was read the ingredients because ANY grain added in ANY way had to be listed. What did they tell you?

And I have NEVER found a broth or flavoring added to meat that contained undisclosed gluten.

richard

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I received this email from Tyson in the past when I inquired:

"Thank you for your inquiry regarding gluten free products. We do not

publish a list as ingredients may change. Over the years I have found

that consumers depend on the list which may become obsolete as products

are re-formulated. The Ingredients Listing found on the packaging will

have the correct information. If you have questions regarding a

specific product, please call our consumer number: 800/233-6332 or

e-mail comments@tyson.com. Have the UPC number available so they can

access the correct product.

Our Fresh and IFF (Individually Fresh Frozen) do not contain gluten.

There is no gluten added to the chicken. The marinade consists of

chicken broth, sodium phosphates, salt, and flavorings. The flavorings

contain powdered cooked chicken.

A lot of people assume that "flavorings" contain gluten; however, the

USDA labeling regulations restrict the ingredients that may be grouped

as flavorings or natural flavors. Here is a link to the USDA website

that has great information regarding what can be included:

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OA/FAQ/flavorings.htm

Gluten is protein complex that is formed when water is kneaded with

wheat flour which brings about the removal of a large portion of the

starch. Gluten is also available as wheat gluten, corn gluten and zein.

Breaded items may contain one of these grain; however, it will be listed

in the Ingredient Statement.

Tyson plants that process products with added ingredients operate under

the Tyson Food Safety & Quality Assurance Allergen Control Policy. This

protocol establishes guidelines to manage and minimize the potential for

cross contact of the major food allergens based on product ingredient

risk assessment. The guidelines require that the plants do not produce

any items with allergenic ingredients on the same day as non-allergenic

containing products. Complete wash down and sanitation procedures occur

between production shifts and lines.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact us. We appreciate your

interest in our products."

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Again folks, "natural flavors" in meat MUST list anything that adds nutritional value. This, according to my phone calls to the USDA, includes any grain. If anybody has evidence to the contrary, please post it here. Do not just make a blind claim. Meanwhile, from the USDA:

"What substances or ingredients can be listed as "natural flavor," "flavor," or "flavorings" rather than by a specific common or usual name?

Ingredients such as ginger, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, celery powder, and garlic oil may be listed as one of the three categories mentioned above. They may be designated as "natural flavors" because they are substances used chiefly for flavor. They do not make a nutritional contribution, are not derived from an animal species, and there are no health concerns linked to them."

richard

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Sodium phosphate confuses me. I have seen posts that claim there may be cross contamination issues with the soaking solution. I have not been able to find out for sure. Since there is no nutrition in the solution-at least not to my knowledge - it might not have list gluten? Does anyone know?

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Here is a link to the USDA act sheet on meat and poulty labeling.

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FactSheets/Additi...ducts/index.asp

What are Labeling Requirements for Additives?

The statutes and regulations to enforce the statutes require certain information on labels of meat and poultry products so consumers will have complete information about a product. In all cases, ingredients must be listed on the product label, in the ingredients statement in order by weight, from the greatest amount to the least.

Substances such as spices and spice extractives may be declared as "natural flavors," "flavors," or "natural flavoring" on meat and poultry labels without naming each one. This is because they are used primarily for their flavor contribution and not their nutritional contribution.

Substances such as dried meat, poultry stock, meat extracts, or hydrolyzed protein must be listed on the label by their common or usual name because their primary purpose is not flavor. They may be used as flavor enhancers, binders, or emulsifiers. They must be labeled using the species of origin of the additive, for example, dried beef, chicken stock, pork extract, or hydrolyzed wheat protein.

Color additives must be declared by their common or usual names on labels, e.g., FD&C Yellow 5, or annatto extract, not collectively as colorings. These labeling requirements help consumers make choices about the foods they eat.

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Here is a link to the USDA act sheet on meat and poulty labeling.

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FactSheets/Additi...ducts/index.asp

What are Labeling Requirements for Additives?

The statutes and regulations to enforce the statutes require certain information on labels of meat and poultry products so consumers will have complete information about a product. In all cases, ingredients must be listed on the product label, in the ingredients statement in order by weight, from the greatest amount to the least.

Substances such as spices and spice extractives may be declared as "natural flavors," "flavors," or "natural flavoring" on meat and poultry labels without naming each one. This is because they are used primarily for their flavor contribution and not their nutritional contribution.

Substances such as dried meat, poultry stock, meat extracts, or hydrolyzed protein must be listed on the label by their common or usual name because their primary purpose is not flavor. They may be used as flavor enhancers, binders, or emulsifiers. They must be labeled using the species of origin of the additive, for example, dried beef, chicken stock, pork extract, or hydrolyzed wheat protein.

Color additives must be declared by their common or usual names on labels, e.g., FD&C Yellow 5, or annatto extract, not collectively as colorings. These labeling requirements help consumers make choices about the foods they eat.

So, and excuse my continued confusion, if I understand all this correctly: something like sodium phosphate might have gluten or be manufactured in a plant that may have a cross-contamination issue, yet it is not required to be mentioned on meal labeling?

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So, and excuse my continued confusion, if I understand all this correctly: something like sodium phosphate might have gluten or be manufactured in a plant that may have a cross-contamination issue, yet it is not required to be mentioned on meal labeling?

I have never heard of sodium phosphate being a gluten issue. That I personally would not worry about. Cross contamination doesn't not have to be declared on a label as far as gluten goes. The most common, to my knowledge, flavoring agent that is a danger to us is malt. If that is used in small amounts as a flavoring it does not have to be declared. Many companies do declare it if it is in an item, but not all.

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