Krusteaz has been around since 1932 and became popular for creating mixes that require few ingredients and little time. What started out as a company that sold only pie crust, Krusteaz now offers at least five dozen mixes, including gluten-free options like cakes, brownies, muffins, and pancake mixes. But are these gluten-free products actually safe to eat?
Krusteaz Gluten Cross-Contact Precautions
It’s exciting to see traditional companies like Krusteaz venture into the gluten-free food industry. However, this does cause concern for some people, especially when these companies are known for manufacturing products containing wheat ingredients. What steps are these food manufacturers taking to make sure that their traditional line of products don’t come in contact with their gluten-free line?
More specifically, what is Krusteaz doing to make sure that its gluten-free flours and mixes are free from gluten cross-contact?
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Cross-Contact Policy Missing
If you’re looking for a cross-contact policy on Krusteaz’s website, you won’t find it. We scoured that sucker and couldn’t find anything more than product listings, recipes, and blog posts with even more recipes.
Krusteaz does have an interesting Baking 101 article that contains general baking tips and a troubleshooting guide for specific product types. (For example, Krusteaz says that you should let gluten-free muffins cool for only two minutes before removing them from the muffin tins, but you should let traditional muffins sit for five to 10 minutes.)
Krusteaz Email Response
Because Krusteaz doesn’t mention how they prevent cross-contact with gluten, we emailed them to find out more. Here’s their reply dated January 15, 2020:
Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding our Krusteaz Gluten Free Mixes. We appreciate your interest and are happy to provide you with additional information.
They are made in a separate facility than our regular mixes. Hope this helps!
If we can be of further assistance, please contact us at 1 (800) 457-7744, weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (PT) or visit www.krusteaz.com and select “Contact Us”.)Krusteaz Relations Specialist
Krusteaz Twitter Response
Close observers noticed that Krusteaz didn’t actually say that the separate facility is safe from gluten cross-contact.
We sent out a tweet asking for even more information, and this is their reply sent on January 16, 2020:
Krusteaz Gluten Free Mixes are manufactured on a production line that is certified gluten free by a third party auditor, each product is certified gluten free, and the facility maintains allergen protocols to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. Our products carry the certified gluten free seal on the front of the box.Twitter | @krusteaz
Are Krusteaz Products Safe To Eat?
So, is Krusteaz safe for gluten-free dieters to eat? It appears so! I’d still like to know which organization certifies Krusteaz products, though. Also, what exactly is Krusteaz doing to maintain “allergen protocols to reduce the risk of cross-contamination”?
Knowing that Krusteaz products are gluten-free certified helps me feel better about them, but if you’ve had any issues with their mixes, please let us know in the comments below.
Go get your grub on!