Glenn Oster, of Glenn Oster Consulting, LLC, recently shared this insight into the murky world of gluten-free certification:
“Recently while assisting a new baking facility that will be Gluten-Free Dedicated our team was assisting on vetting new suppliers.
One of the key requirements (obviously) was that Gluten-Controls must be fully documented and implemented in the supplier facility.
Now, we contacted about 150 suppliers of which 100 said their ingredients were Gluten-Free [and] after asking about gluten-controls we found that of the 100 only 5 could actually back-up what they said and only 2 were willing to show us their documented systems and testing results.
150 called, 100 advertise they are gluten-free, only 5 could back-up the statement and only 2 were put onto the bakery vetted list subject to sample testing.”