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Which Turkey's Are Gluten Free?
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Which popular turkey's are gluten free? i.e. Butterball, Perdue, etc. Does anyone know off hand?

Thanks in advance....

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This is a good project:

Try.......

www.butterball.com

www.purdue.com

I bet you will get an answer within 24 hours.

This is something that I have never done. I will do this tomorrow, but if someone beats me to it, please post. :)

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I know Butter Ball wasn't several years ago, they injected some gluteney juice stuff into them. Not sure any more. I usually just get a "natural" trukey to stay on the safe side.

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I emailed Butterball last week and this was their response. I copied and pasted. ENJOY!! :D

Dear Lisa,

Thank you for contacting the Butterball Turkey Talk Line by email.

When there are dietary concerns, we advise purchasing Butterball Fresh Turkey and Butterball Fresh Breast of Turkey, which are all-natural and contain no added ingredients. The breast meat of Butterball Frozen Turkeys, including Butterball Frozen Stuffed Turkey, is deep basted with a patented recipe of ingredients to yield a more uniformly juicy and tender turkey after cooking. Individual ingredients (water, salt, sodium phosphate to retain natural juices, modified food starch [corn or potato source], dextrose and natural flavors -- no allergenic ingredients) are specified on the labels of all Butterball Frozen Turkeys and Butterball frozen line extension products. (Although wheat and rye gluten-free, the recipe does include 0.5 ppm corn protein.)

Because Butterball Frozen Stuffed Turkey (and Butterball Stuffed Frozen Breast of Turkey) is stuffed with a traditional bread stuffing, it does contain gluten. The gravy packets that come with some Butterball Turkey products also contain gluten.

If you have further questions regarding gluten in a Butterball product, please call Consumer Affairs (1-800-325-7424). When calling, please have available the UPC number of the product in question.

Don't hesitate to contact us again for additional information or advice. Enjoy the best of all from Butterball!

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Here's the reply I got from Honeysuckle...I specifically asked about gluten, casein and soy:

Thank you for contacting Honeysuckle White.

Our fresh and frozen whole turkeys are injected with a basting solution

that contains turkey broth (turkey juice and water), salt, sodium

phosphate, sugar and a natural flavoring that is an allergen free, non-dairy

butter flavoring.

The product is MSG, gluten, soy and dairy/casien free.

I hope this helps.

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YAY! I was just wondering about this today in the store!

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To find gluten-free turkey all you have to do is read the ingredients. USDA law REQUIRES that anything that adds nutrition -- which includes all grains -- be clearly listed. This is true for any plain raw meat.

I've never found a turkey that has gluten unless it was stuffed.

richard

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Yesterday in the store a Norbest turkey wrapper said "Gluten Free" on it, right there in plain sight! Good for them!

I believe Jenny-o's are also gluten free, but double check on their website . . . they were gluten-free the last time I checked, but it's been a while.

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My Honeysuckle turkey said free of gluten on the front! I decided to go with that one because it was cheaper than Butterball and they actually labeled their product.

Hez

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Thank you all! :) Another addition is Shadybrook Farms has it on the front of their label too, No artificial, no MSG, Gluten Free.

KLS

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My mother in law told me yesterday that the safeway brand of turkey (can't remember the name) also says "gluten free" on the package . . . we're going there for Thanksgiving, so we're working together to make sure my daughter can eat, too!

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This is the response I received from Perdue.

Thank you for your interest in learning more about PERDUE® turkeys. Ourfresh, all natural turkeys are gluten free. We are continually introducing new products to the marketplace, andtherefore routinely update our list of gluten free items. We areforwarding you a copy of our current list by mail. This list is alsoavailable on our web site and can also be accessed at [url=http://www.perdue.com/products/gluten_free_products.html/url]

.Please feel free to contact a consumer representative toll free at1-800-4PERDUE® (1-800-473-7383) Monday through Friday 9:30 AM to 6:00 PMET, or email us at www.perdue.com®. Again, thank you for your interest in PERDUE® products. Mary Beth JamesConsumer Relations 000548816A

My hubby was even impressed....

Shelli

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Gluten free or not I am leary of buying injected turkeys. The so-called natural injected turkeys are injected with sodium phosphate and broth. I have searched the web looking for something to indict this chemical. I found a Mother Earht Newa article June/July 2007

"Shocking News About Meat'' By Laura Sayre --- find it (for now) at:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Whole-Foods...About-Meat.aspx

Anyway, organic meat is not allowed to have sodium phosphate injected in it. Elsewhere I found that sodium phosphate is used in homeophathy. If you know the theory behind homeophathy then you too would be a little leary of sodium phosphate. The homeophathic theory goes something like this: whatever substance causes a certain disease or pathology you take it in minute amounts to conteract that very pathology. It sor tof works that way with medicinal herbs as well-- the healing amounts are usually merely greater. If you overdose on an herb you are taking to fix a certain condition or pathology, it will make that condition worse.

Here is a list of homeopathic pathologies I found associated with sodicum phosphate:

Acidity

Colic

Indigestion

Diarrhea

Fatigue

Headaches

Muscleaches

Cramps

Heartburn

Joint pain

Back pain

Fatigue

I think there is too much sodium phosphate in injected turkeys to be healthy especially for someone with celiac disease. But in the end I have to conclude that injected turkeys just taste yucky and wrong to me, and that should be a good enough reason not to buy an injected turkey health reasons or not.

Last year Foster Farms turkeys were still injection free. More and more turkeys are turning up injected and I fear the worst. I haven't found a injection free turkey yet, but I haven't checked out this year's batch of Foster Farms. I am heartened by the fact that at one point the big chain grocery stores started injecting all the fresh pork and consumers rebelled. Now fresh pork is once again readily available with out being injected with weird salts.

Good luck Happy Thanksgiving

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Foster Farms is free of additives and preservatives but also $2.99/lb. The smallest I found was $16.50. Ouch!

I just bought a turkey at Safeway and it doesn't list any gluten or wheat but it also does not say gluten free. : (

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"I know Butter Ball wasn't several years ago, they injected some gluteney juice stuff into them."

Not true. I've been gluten-free more than 7 years and BB has been gluten-free that whole time.

richard

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Hi everyone. This is my first time posting.

Eating gluten free and msg free is challenging because so many companies disguise msg with names such as "autolyzed yeast extract" and a myriad of other names. I still remember getting sick after eating a Thanksgiving meal at my mother's in the late 80s/early 90s and discovering later they were starting the injecting craze.

I also am leary about anything they inject because they have many ways to disguise msg and probably gluten also on the label.

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"I also am leary about anything they inject because they have many ways to disguise msg and probably gluten also on the label."

True for MSG. But, once again, on meats like turkey, gluten CANNOT be hidden. It will be plainly listed. Period.

richard

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Which popular turkey's are gluten free? i.e. Butterball, Perdue, etc. Does anyone know off hand?

Thanks in advance....

Don't worry about the brand name, just look for an all natural turkey with no additives and no preservatives. That's the only way to know it's gluten free

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Don't worry about the brand name, just look for an all natural turkey with no additives and no preservatives. That's the only way to know it's gluten free

That is one way. It is, however, not the ONLY way. In the US, as has been previously noted, if any grain product is present in any meat, it MUST be declared on the label. Gluten comes from certain grains, and therefore there is no way it can be hidden in another ingredient in a meat product in the US. Period.

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"Don't worry about the brand name, just look for an all natural turkey with no additives and no preservatives. That's the only way to know it's gluten free "

I'm sorry, but that is NOT the only way.

richard

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"I also am leary about anything they inject because they have many ways to disguise msg and probably gluten also on the label."

True for MSG. But, once again, on meats like turkey, gluten CANNOT be hidden. It will be plainly listed. Period.

richard

Many turkeys have a broth added, that broth can contain barley hidden in natural flavors. It is true that if there is wheat in the broth that it will be listed but that is not the case for barley or malt which is the bigger risk.

If you go for a turkey that is not prebasted and does not have broth on the label you should be fine.

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"Don't worry about the brand name, just look for an all natural turkey with no additives and no preservatives. That's the only way to know it's gluten free "

I'm sorry, but that is NOT the only way.

richard

I agree heartily with this, natural flavors are one of the biggest risks on our labels and is where you may find barley hidden. Instead look for a turkey that is just that turkey with no broth or flavorings.

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Richard not to be rude, but they did not used to be gluten-free. I know this for a fact. My mom called and confirmed after I spent Thanksgiving night in the ER due to the butterball turkey my grandma made for dinner. (back then we ate at 2 P.M. for holiday dinners, not sure why).

Either way I have been gluten-free for 21 years now. I believe this happened about 18-19 years ago. I have since avoided that brand. I said several years ago they weren't okay. I haven't looked into it since, was just stating that they weren't several years ago.

Just wanted to clear up my statement. :)

"I know Butter Ball wasn't several years ago, they injected some gluteney juice stuff into them."

Not true. I've been gluten-free more than 7 years and BB has been gluten-free that whole time.

richard

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Many turkeys have a broth added, that broth can contain barley hidden in natural flavors. It is true that if there is wheat in the broth that it will be listed but that is not the case for barley or malt which is the bigger risk.

If you go for a turkey that is not prebasted and does not have broth on the label you should be fine.

That is not the case for USDA meats, which states that any grains that are added to a meat product must be listed - so it does include other sources of gluten.

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Hi

We got our free Albertson Turkey and was trying to find on line if it is gluten free.

thought maybe some of you would know.

I know the one they gave out last year was and the jenni-o was.

Let's hope this 17#'r is

Judy

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