Gluten Free vs ‘Nil Detected’
We know how important it is to be clear whether gluten is, or is not, present in foods.What is gluten? It’s a combination of two proteins – glutenin and gliadin – found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. With a 0g gluten status clearly stated on the nutritional label, we happily call this a GLUTEN FREE product.
There is a status known as NIL DETECTED however that we would like to bring to your attention. In these ‘nil detected’ instances Barker’s have formulated the product with the full intention of it being free from gluten. We have done this by selecting ingredients that are known to be gluten free, and we have tested our product and no gluten was detected. However, we have chosen not to claim ‘nil detected’ products as Gluten Free.
Why? In these instances, one of our ingredient suppliers may not be able to guarantee that their crop did not have some contamination somewhere in the supply chain. i.e. during harvest from a neighbouring field of a different crop. The reality is that if there is occasional gluten contamination the level will be low but we cannot rule it out completely.
So, we are addressing our labeling and in any instances where ‘nil detected’ gluten is established, we will remove any reference to being Gluten Free, just to be sure. You will see our labels transition over the next short while. We therefore ask consumers to make their own decision as to whether they are happy to consume the product, depending on their own level of gluten sensitivity.
Full nutritional tables are available online for each of our products, found within the NUTRITION tab.
Those NIL DETECTED products are:
- Blackberry & Brandy Fruit for Cheese
- Brewer’s Barbecue Beer Sauce
- Chunky Salsa Tomato and Capsicum
- Coconut & NZ Lime dressing
- Miso & Ginger dressing
- Spiced Eggplant Chutney
- Lemon & Barley fruit syrup
- Lite Lemon & Barley fruit syrup
- Orange & Barley with Passionfruit fruit syrup
- Dry Cola Soda Syrup