O’Doughs specializes in vegan and gluten-free bakery products, such as gluten-free bread, buns, and bagels. Its website advertises “seriously certified gluten free” baked goods and claims to be “safely gluten free.” But what steps is O’Doughs actually taking to prevent gluten cross-contact?
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What Is O’Doughs’ Gluten Cross-Contact Policy?
We love that O’Doughs products are gluten-free certified, but what does the company do to maintain a safe production environment? We emailed them to learn more. Here is O’Doughs’ response, dated January 28, 2020:
Thank you for your inquiry. All of our O’Doughs products are manufactured on dedicated gluten-free lines, we are an accredited gluten free facility. Procedures are written into our Food Safety Standards Program to mitigate cross-contamination risks associated with the allergens we handle in our facility. Our Food Safety Standards program is written and audited to the BRC Standards (British Retail Consortium), which is a globally recognized third party auditing body to the Food Processing industry. Our procedures are validated using third party laboratories regularly. As a food processor that handles allergens, the precautionary statement “may contains” and/or “manufactured in a facility that handles egg and sesame” is important to place on labels so that our consumers understand that there may inherently be trace amounts of allergens in our products.
We also have a new brand ALLfree which has a segregated manufacturing facility. Our Brownie Bites do not contain the top 9 allergens, are gluten free, vegan and school safe. We take the manufacturing of all our products very seriously and are proud to produce safe and great tasting products for everyone to enjoy.
Please let us know if you have any further questions. Thank you again for your inquiry and have a great day!
Is O’Doughs Safe for Gluten-Free Eaters?
O’Doughs appears to be safe for people on a gluten-free diet. But can people who are very sensitive to gluten eat their products? We’re not sure.
According to Health Canada regulations, food with a gluten-free claim cannot exceed 20 ppm gluten. But does O’Doughs set a threshold even lower than that? Likely not, because that would be a huge selling point, but we really shouldn’t speculate. If you’re extra sensitive to gluten, be cautious when trying out any new product.
Also, what actual procedures does O’Doughs take to reduce cross-contact with gluten? If we find out more, we’ll update this article to let you know.
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