Carolyn recently alerted me to the fact that some supermarkets no longer label their dried lentils and pulses as gluten free. I have asked Sainsbury’s and Goodness Foods for their comments on this.
Sainsbury’s have yet to come back but Goodness Foods explained that most pulses are packed in factories where gluten products would also be handled so there is a risk of cross-contamination. This means that, although many of the suppliers are aware of the risk and take steps to avoid contamination, no-one is prepared to say they are gluten free. So we have a ridiculous situation where a naturally gluten free food cannot be labelled as such. I do not know anywhere that only deals with pulses and GF said that most distributors outsource the packing of their pulses, so to speak.
Lesley from Goodness did make a valid suggestion, though, to try and help:
With pulses the gluten contamination would only be a surface powder. Would washing each time (which you should with pulses) help at all?
Good point – and I’m afraid that’s the best I can come up with for now. Blimey, we can’t be losing another food group! I SO wish the food industry would get with the gluten programme; they are making life so much harder for people than it needs to be.
If anyone else can shed any light or knows of a ‘clean’ company, do please let us all know.
Meantime, I will let you know what Sainsbury’s have to say if and when they come back to me, although I would imagine we will get the same response.