Frequently Asked Questions?
Q. Are GF Oats gluten free?
A. These are the same oats sold and labelled as gluten-free in the USA, Canada, UK and most of Europe.
Q. So why aren’t they labelled gluten free?
A. Due to restrictions in the current Australian labelling laws, we are unable to make a claim on packaging that any product containing oats are gluten free. However we have our latest Gluten Free Test results displayed under the compliance tab with corresponding batch numbers to show you that these oats are tested to <3ppm.
Q. Aren’t oats naturally gluten free?
A. Oats are generally contaminated at the farm level as farmers grow other gluten containing grains and then use the same machinery in their processing, storing or carting.
Q. Are these oats safe for Coeliacs?
A. These oats are grown and produced by the Smith family in Wyoming who are a family of Coeliacs, so the understand the disease, its complications and the need for a pure uncontaminated oats products that customers can trust. Please refer to the statement released by the Coeliac Society.
Q. Where are these oats grown and why can’t we grow them in Australia?
A. GK Gluten Free Foods imports the oats from GF Harvest in Wyoming, USA. The Smiths maintain their own certified planting and seed and personally contract “Seedsman” who have now grown any wheat, rye or barley on their land for at least 2 years. They use harvesters for only or alternative non-gluten crops. Each field is completely walked at least six times during the growing season to make sure that no volunteer glutinous products are growing in the field.
Q. What does <3ppm mean?
This effectively is the lowest that the Elisa Testing Equipment tests down to for the detection of gluten. All products on the market that are labelled gluten-free in Australia will test to <3ppm which equates to ‘0’ or nil detected.
Q. How do you test the oats to ensure they are free from the gluten found in wheat, rye and barley?
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Q. What is the difference between Organic and Traditional Oats?
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Q. What does low-gluten mean?
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Q. Are GF Oats sprayed or irradiated?
We are very excited to tell you that the entire range of GF Oats has no exposure to any chemicals at the farm level during processing or during the importation process. As the oats are already processed and are not in their Raw seed form we are not required to adhere to any irradiation procedure at customs.