At The Tasteful Pantry, we strive to provide delicious, wholesome snacks and sweets for people with various food intolerances and allergies. We recognize that different people may be following different diets for varying reasons, so we try our best to accommodate these differences. Within our gluten-free offerings, we have in the past provided items for those who are gluten intolerant or following a gluten-free diet for lifestyle and wellness reasons, and a separate set of items for those who are celiac, allergic, or otherwise highly sensitive to traces of gluten.
Following the August 5 effective date of the new FDA rules requiring any foods labeled “gluten-free” to contain less than 20ppm of gluten (read more), we will continue to serve these two groups within our gluten-free offerings in a way that is now consistent with the new FDA rules.
- For those who are gluten intolerant and can tolerate foods that aren’t necessarily produced using the same strict protocols as those who are celiac, we will have a category of products called “gluten sensitive“. These items will not contain any gluten-containing ingredients, however, they may not be labeled “gluten-free” per the new FDA rules.
- This category may include foods that are produced by local artisan producers who don’t have the resources to prove compliance with the FDA requirements, or foods that are naturally gluten-free (e.g. fruit) that choose not to label them as such.
- For those who are celiac, allergic or highly sensitive to gluten, our category of “gluten-free” products will either meet the new FDA standards or be certified by a third party certification organization such as the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), Celiac Sprue Association (CSA), or the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA).
While the new FDA rules make it easier for people with celiac or those following a strict gluten-free diet to shop, they widen the spectrum of labeling possibilities for people who are not as sensitive to cross contamination. To put the 20ppm standard in perspective, if you took a 1-ounce slice of bread and broke it into 7,030 pieces, one of those pieces (crumbs at that point) would contain the equivalent of 20ppm of gluten. For many gluten intolerant or gluten sensitive people, this is tolerable.
However, with the new rules, any manufacturer that does not meet the FDA’s gluten-free standards could then choose how they wish to label their food, as long as it doesn’t use the terms “gluten-free”, “no gluten”, “free of gluten” and “without gluten”. For example, they could use the terms “low in gluten”, “no gluten ingredients”, or they could not mention gluten at all, and none of these terms would be regulated by the FDA. There is an extremely wide range of products that could or could not contain gluten. That’s why at The Tasteful Pantry, we will continue to diligence our suppliers and investigate their ingredients, and if they do not contain gluten-containing ingredients, we will classify them as gluten sensitive.
The way these categories will apply to our offerings is as follows:
Treat Box – customers provide their dietary restrictions at check-out. Please list “gluten sensitive” (along with your other dietary restrictions out of dairy-free, vegan, soy-free, nut-free) if you would like to receive products that fit category 1 above, and check the box for “certified gluten-free” if you would like to receive products that fit category 2 above.
Low Carb Box – unlike our Treat Box, which is customized for dietary restrictions, the Low Carb Box in the past has just been gluten-free, low carb, and high protein. Going forward, it will be gluten sensitive, low carb, and high protein.
Shop – our gluten sensitive category will contain both gluten sensitive and gluten-free items. Items that are gluten-free, per category 2 above, will be marked with an asterisk.
Gifts – gift subscriptions will be in line with the box above that is being gifted. Custom Gift Boxes will be customized for the recipient’s requirements, as discussed with customers.
At The Tasteful Pantry, our goal is to make the process of ‘free-from’ shopping easy and delightful. We applaud the clarity and consistency provided by the new FDA rules, and will continue to work hard to diligently and creatively provide our customers with a relaxing, fun and delicious snacking experience, no matter where their dietary and lifestyle paths take them! http://www.tastefulpantry.com