The Truth About Danone’s Activia Yogurt

This week, I heard some disturbing rumors that Danone’s Activia yogurt contains gluten. Yogurt has been described as a superfood for Celiacs; why would it have gluten?

Here’s the deal right from Danone:

“Only ‘Activia Fibre’ and ‘Activia Fat Free Fibre’ lines contain or may contain gluten :

– Activia Fibre : Red fruits and cereals, Peach and cereals, Strawberry kiwi and cereals, Apple Muesli and nuts

– Activia Fat Free Fibre : Red fruits and cereals, Apple Muesli, Strawberry kiwi and cereals, Vanilla cereals

All the other Danone products are gluten and nut free.

Our production plan is certified HACCP (Hasard Analysis Critical Control Point); we do have many control procedures to assure the security of our products for the major allergens. If a major allergen may be found in a product, it would be mentioned at the end of the ingredient list (ex. “contains gluten” or “may contain gluten”).”

The important part to note here is that these yogurts contain cereal or muesli, things that most Celiacs are normally suspicious of. Yogurt that has added grains or granola, beware!

As a side note, don’t be fooled by this page claiming that all types of Activia are gluten-free; it’s for the Australian product only!

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  1. #1 by Mike K on January 28, 2012 - 6:35 pm

    I usually have Yoplait

  2. #2 by A Celiac Food Scientist on September 19, 2012 - 4:04 pm

    Hold the phone. They said that only those fiber products contain gluten and therefore only those production lines would be contaminated. Other Dannon yogurts would then be produced on separate production lines, thus eliminating cross-contamination. They even have allergen testing procedures in place!

    So… why are you framing this like its an issue? Its pretty obvious to most Celiacs that cereal-containing ANYTHING would be a problem. Danone’s statement is very clear and their other yogurts are fine (and tasty)!

    • #3 by glutenfree4hfx on September 19, 2012 - 4:58 pm

      Our intention was to provide information and clarify what products did indeed contain gluten based on information provided by the manufacturer. We have no way of knowing how production is set up; their information referred to particular types of products only. Many Celiacs do not consume products made in a facility that uses any form of gluten.

  3. #4 by probiotic-for-children on September 21, 2014 - 5:00 am

    Excellent blog post. I absolutely appreciate this website.
    Keep it up!

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