What we can call gluten free and what we can't?

Kylie Hollonds

Gluten Free Labelling Laws in Australia

Here in Australia, you will see foods labelled as gluten free, gluten friendly and low gluten – What do these mean?

FSANZ’s is our labelling governing body here in Australia and their role is to protect the health and safety of people in Australia and New Zealand through the maintenance of safe food supply.  FSANZ stands for Food Safety Australia and New Zealand and is a strong independent body of experts on a panel, that has a partnership between the Commonwealth; Australian States and Territories; and New Zealand. One of the panellists includes a member of the Coeliac Society of Australia, representing those who have an allergy to gluten and are required to follow gluten free diets. 

FSANZ is responsible for developing, varying and reviewing standards and for developing codes of conduct with industry for food available in Australia and New Zealand covering labelling, composition and contaminants.  In Australia, FSANZ also develops food standards for food safety, maximum residue limits, primary production and processing and a range of other functions including the coordination of national food surveillance and recall systems, conducting research and assessing policies about imported food.

Australia & New Zealand labelling laws:

Our 2 countries are very tough when it comes to labelling laws and when you compare the laws here to other countries they are the toughest in the world.

Australia and New Zealand have the toughest labelling laws in the world; these have been set by the Australia New Zealand Food Standard's Code. This gives a great deal of confidence when choosing food for people with coeliac disease in Australia.

Gluten Free Labelling:  Foods labelled as “gluten free” must not contain any detectable gluten; and no oats or their products; or cereals containing gluten that have used malt or their products. Nil gluten equals <3ppm which is the lowest the machines can test down to.  In our online store, we can label our Honey as gluten free honey, we can label our soap as gluten free soap, but we are unable to label our oats as gluten free oats or our biscuits as gluten free biscuits, so we label them as gluten friendly.

Gluten Friendly is a term that is entering the market, seen on the menu’s around the country in restaurants, clubs & cafes. This is generally to protect the venues from any cross-contamination. The fact is unless you are eating at a dedicated gluten free venue, there is always a chance of cross-contamination. No matter how diligent the food prep is. In the case of GF Oats products, we are communicating that the product is safe for those avoiding gluten, not contaminated to gluten. This enables us to communicate our brand benefits to the customers who need us to comply with Food labelling guidelines.

Low gluten is another term you will see coined, however, the true definition of that is that the product tests to <20ppm. This is fine for people who are moderately sensitive to gluten. The difference between 3ppm and 20 seems small until you have an allergy to gluten, then this can make a difference. 

There is currently a study being conducted at the Monash University on oats, funded by the Coeliac Society, as part of the movements towards labelling uncontaminated oats as gluten free here Australia to avoid the confusion of being the only country in the world that doesn't make the label claim. 

Please refer to our FAQ's and Compliance Page for further clarification and study links. 

 

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GF Oats Compliance - Why trust us?

Kylie Hollonds

GK Gluten Free Foods are the largest Australian importers and suppliers of Uncontaminated oats or Gluten-Free Oats as it is referred to in other parts of the world, however, in Australia, a subclause in the labelling laws continues to prevent the labelling of any oats to be gluten-free.

GF Oats are the only brand in Australia, who import bulk oats from “Purity Protocol” growers around the world, who certify their oats as uncontaminated from the gluten found in wheat, rye and barley, and meet Australia’s strict gluten-free minimum testing guidelines.

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Australian and New Zealand Food Labelling Standards around Oats

Kylie Hollonds
In Australia, we are unable to label any product that contains oats as gluten-free oats. The Australian and NZ labelling laws restrict the use of the gluten-free oats claim until the results of an oat study are completed. Until then GF Oats test each load that comes into Australia and displays the results on their Compliance Page.

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GF Oats a member of the Purity Protocol - It Matters to our customers!

Kylie Hollonds
Gluten-free oats purity protocol was set up to ensure that customers were receiving pure oats that were not contaminated from the gluten found in wheat, rye and barley.

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GF Oats Partners with Legacy

Kylie Hollonds
In 2019 we launched our ANZAC biscuit just in time for ANZAC Day.  We were fortunate enough to meet a local manufacturer here in Toowoomba who saw our vision and their baker locked in on the challenge of perfecting this biscuit for me to meet all my crazy requirements. We are so proud of this biscuit and are excited to be selling the ANZAC biscuit Retail Packs, week on week across IGA and health food all around Australia. In 2020 we committed to introducing a snack pack for the convenience market to gain further reach and a Food Service pack.

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Your GF Oats Orders: Handled with Hygiene & Care

Kylie Hollonds

Procedures we are putting in place when we are dispatching orders.

Our team already adheres to strict hygiene & care practices; however, we want you to know how we are increasing these procedures during these times.

All the team here at GF Oats have access to soap & hand sanitiser and are washing and sanitising hands before handling any stock. Additionally, gloves are being worn while packing any stock to further reduce the risk through skin to package contact.

All GF Oats team members are encouraged to not attend work if they are feeling at all unwell, so please rest assured that we are all happy and healthy while we process and pack your orders.

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Benefits of GF Oats for a Vegan Diet

Kylie Hollonds

GF Oats have been importing oats since 2009. It was only over the last few years that we became aware that we were “Accidentally Vegan”. ‘Accidentally’ Vegan products are items not labelled as a Vegan from non-vegan companies that produce some products that coincidentally do not contain any animal products.

Vegans eat what is called a ‘plant-based diet’ and do not consume meat, fish, eggs, dairy, milk, butter or any substance that comes from animals. 

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The key benefits of GF Oats

Kylie Hollonds
The ‘GF’ in this case stands for our brand Gloriously Free Oats. This is the only way that we can communicate here in Australia that our brand is the same brand certified and labelled gluten-free all over the world. Australia and New Zealand still have a restriction in the current labelling laws that restrict us from labelling any product that contains oats to carry a gluten-free claim, even if this product tests to be gluten-free. 

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The difference between a Food Allergy and a Food Intolerance

Kylie Hollonds

If we follow the guide on the Food Standards Australia Website, we can see the top 10 Food Allergies listed.

So, what is the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance?

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GF Oats Allergen Statement

Kylie Hollonds
If you know Kylie’s story you will know that she and her family have been living with food intolerances and allergies for over 25 years now. So, this is very familiar territory, a passion that turned into her legacy, to supply people with healthy nutritious foods that support a variety of dietary requirements and ensure that their foods are free of the top 10 allergens listed on the FSANAZ website that people are sensitive to.  

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