Last night, I was overjoyed to find the white cheddar flavour of Food Should Taste Good chips at local grocer Pete’s Frootique. I found these chips several years ago while shopping in the U.S., but haven’t been able to get the white cheddar flavour here, which is my favourite!
However, when I got home I realized that the gluten-free certifications on the bag had a white sticker over them. I e-mailed the Food Should Taste Good folks today and here’s the response I got:
“Here at Food Should Taste Good we take our gluten-free claim very seriously. We have always done – and continue to do – rigorous testing throughout our supply chain to ensure our products do not contain gluten. All of our ingredients and finished products meet the gluten-free requirements (undetectable at 20 parts per million) as set by the CFIA (Canadian Foods Inspection Agency). Additionally, our products are certified by the GFCO holding us to detection limits set at less than 10ppm gluten. Currently, Canada is reviewing the standard for using and labeling gluten free oats. At this time, regulatory amendments for the enhanced labeling of food allergens and gluten sources have not been posted. We have covered the GF label on our bags during this time out of respect for their industry assessment. In the meantime, we continue to stay diligent in meeting all regulatory food safety and claim verifications.”
Here’s what that means in English: in addition to revising allergen labels last month (read more about that here), Health Canada is also looking at changing the rules around gluten-free labeling. (You can read the full statement here.) One of the things at issue is the ever-confusing topic of oats, and many flavours of Food Should Taste Good chips contain oat fiber. So, even though their chips have been certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, they are not advertising the claim in Canada until the new oat rules are sorted out.
It’s up to you to decide whether or not to consume Food Should Taste Good chips.