We all know that when we eat packaged or processed foods that are not certified gluten-free, we are taking a chance, and may get sick. For many of us, even foods that say "gluten-free" may make us sick, since a product that contains less than 20 ppm gluten can still be called gluten-free. Note: I am one of many who are strongly against this proposition of calling less than 20 ppm gluten-free. Gluten-free should mean gluten-free.
So you may be wondering why I am bothering to tell you that something is NOT gluten-free, when that may seem obvious already. And the answer is, because there has been a lot of promoting of Quorn lately by bloggers calling Quorn gluten-free. While I hold no ill-will towards anyone, I feel like it is my duty to strongly disagree with this mistake, because Ashley threw up violently after eating Quorn.
I emailed Quorn to ask exactly how much gluten is in their product, and I was very appreciative to receive this response from them:
17 June 2010
Thanks for your enquiry.
Unfortunately, we cannot be so specific about the amount of gluten in our roast.
All we can say is that the product contains 4% of a flavouring which contains 50% dextrose from wheat.
Therefore, the amount of wheat derivative in the product - dextrose - is 2%, but as dextrose is the sugar derived from wheat, the actual amount of gluten (the protein) present in the dextrose would be very low. Our flavouring supplier has specified that the flavouring does contain gluten above the level necessary to declare a product 'gluten free', so the amount of gluten in the flavouring is greater than 200ppm
Thank you once again for your enquiry and please do not hesitate to contact us again if you require any further information or advice.
Assuring you of our best attention at all times.
Consumer Care Advisor
Even though there isn't gluten listed on the ingredients, doesn't mean something is gluten-free. Poor Ashley threw up all day after eating Quorn. Just thought you should know the truth:
Quorn is NOT gluten-free.