The Many Labeling Faces of GF – Wednesday

Without reading labels on your convenience food packaging, these are the best words to see. It is an assurance of a Gluten-Free product. I prefer seeing these large words on the front of the packaging. However, most of the time the GF symbols below are on the front bottom corners of the packaging in smaller areas often with other informational labels such as vegan, nut free and dairy free. Of course GF may be in other sections of the packaging. Look carefully for the GF symbols.

You should know that GF labeling is without standards at this time. So there are numerous labeling symbols used and marked in different locations on the packaging. Also there is no mandate that if it is gluten-free it has to be labeled as such. Be a detective!

“Certified” GF generally means it is processed in a facility that is wheat free as opposed to “GF” means the product is without gluten (wheat flours) but not necessarily in a wheat free environment.

I have not seen these labeling marks on GF products in the U.S. Have you?

These are the words, “Sans Gluten” and section of the supermarket I go to when in Paris!

Occasionally you may find a product that says “grain free”. In this incident it requires reading the label carefully.

I didn’t see any gluten!

I have found many delicious refrigerated items like jello, pudding and yogurt that has no grain-free or GF labeling. Reading the label is a must. Much more on reading labels coming. As mentioned earlier, my goal is to present GF educational materials in small segments to be easily understood!

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