Monday, June 27, 2011

Annie's Homegrown Products - Email Response

I contacted Annie's Homegrown yesterday to ask (1) is your Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese produced in a facility containing gluten and if so (2) is it produced on the same lines or separate lines?  This is the canned response I received:

Dear Vanessa:

Thank you for taking the time to contact Annie's Homegrown. Annie's fully discloses all ingredients on our ingredient statement, and also lists any dietary benefits and allergen advisories.  All of our manufacturing facilities meet with the highest standards of cleanliness, and have complete, documented and audited food safety programs.  Allergen handling and control is one of our mandated food safety programs to address the handling and processing of the top eight allergens (Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Milk, Egg, Soy, Wheat (Gluten), Fish and Shell Fish).  Ingredients containing allergens are marked and segregated.  Mixing, batching, and packaging processes are fully documented and audited to avoid any cross-contamination.  Equipment is completely washed after handling a specific allergen.  Annie’s products labeled as Gluten Free meet the proposed US and Canadian Gluten Free standards of less than 20ppm.

Thank you for contacting Annie's Homegrown .

Best Regards,

Consumer Relations Associate
Annie's, Inc.

Doesn't really fully answer my question.  It does however make me feel better as they say their products labeled as gluten free meet the proposed US and Canadian standards of less than 20ppm.  I did eat some the other night, and didn't have a reaction to it.  Eat at your discretion. 

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