I was in Trader Joe’s last week and was curious what their little “G” symbol actually means on their packaging. I asked an employee and I have to say, he didn’t know the answer, but Tim was very helpful and said he would check into it. And he actually did and called me back today. Kudos Tim!
Just as I suspected, TJ’s uses their mark for gluten free to indicate that a product contains no gluten-containing ingredients. And according to Tim, the nutritionist at TJ’s headquarters told him that they use good manufacturing practices and will label the package if they are processing other gluten free products in the facility. They said that they do not currently certify their GF products through any third party testing organization, such as the GFCO.
I am someone that will eat products that are made in non-dedicated facilities if I think I won’t get sick. I know a lot of you won’t do that and it will be great when new labeling laws come into effect and really nail down what GF actually means. Just as I was pondering all of this this morning, I received my e-newsletter from Tricia Thompson, RD. I LOVE her newsletters. She does all the research for you and then explains things in terms that we commoners can actually understand. No big medical and technical lingo.
What was Tricia’s topic today? GF Labeling and Certification. She breaks down what it might mean in the future to claim a product to be GF and how the CSA and GFCO currently certify GF foods. I highly recommend reading her article. Click here to read Tricia’s article.
Comment below about how you feel about the current labeling? Do you only buy products that are certified GF? Did you even know that products could be certified to be GF? Let us know your thoughts on this important issue….