Thursday, 17 November 2011

Maple Leaf Foods and Schneiders

Maple Leaf Foods and Schneiders are currently owned by the same company. I phoned Maple Leaf recently regarding their labeling policy because I found the information on their website wasn't specific enough.

Here is what their website says about gluten and allergens:

Can we trust the allergen information on your labels?

We are very careful about listing known allergens. Although, we recommend that you check the list of ingredients on our labels every time you buy, just in case there’s been a change. If you require further detail, please contact our Consumer Affairs hotline at 1-800-268-3708.

Do you have a gluten free or nut free list?

No. At Maple Leaf Foods we produce our products in multiple facilities. We also are always changing and improving our products. We take allergens very seriously. We recommend you look at the label every time.

When I spoke to the representative on the phone I asked whether they considered wheat, rye, oats and barley allergens. The answer was yes, and that if there is a risk of cross-contamination it will be listed in a "May contain" statement.

Not that processed foods are good for us, but sometimes we've gotta do what we've gotta long as it's gluten free...

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