I love how our community calls BS out.
And I love that fact that they notify me so I can notify the masses.
Case in point…I received the following message the other day from a fellow celiac:
Hi Dude – I know you’ve had some luck calling companies out on their negligence so I thought maybe you could help. I bought these cookies today and had one almost in my mouth when my husband screams “Stop!”. Even though the box clearly says “Gluten Free” (in three different places) in small print it says “May contain wheat”. I’ve seen the whole shared facility statements but never something like this. I would have finished the whole box and never known.
I asked her to contact the company before I call them out and here is their response:
We do have wheat in our bakery; however the mixer and equipment is totally washed-down before we run the gluten-free cookies.
Holy moly. So it’s not just a shared facility kind of deal. It’s the exact same equipment. Take a look at the picture to the right. This is a screenshot of a video my man Bart has put together showing off his kitchen. That’s the mixer making a batch of their regular chocolate chip cookies. They only have one mixer. Ummm…that’s a problem.
The fact that any company would label their product gluten-free and then list wheat as an allergen is revolting to me.
Which reminds me of a classic line from one of my favorite movies (name the movie):
Now…compare Bart & Judy to the infini-T Cafe in Princeton, NJ, run by Mike & Mary. They offer gluten free foods. But check out the sign they have hanging in their cafe.
Now that is how it’s done.
Celiacs are not difficult to please. If there is any risk that we can get sick, just be sure to tell us and we’ll be cool with that.
But don’t plaster gluten-free all over your product and then in a small disclaimer say “oh, by the way, this really may not be gluten-free.”
That’s just crap.