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What processes do products go through to determine that they are gluten-free?

What processes do products go through to determine that they are gluten-free?


At first glance, what guarantees that a product is really gluten-free?


In a gluten-free product we can find two clear distinctions.


The first is in the front packaging and it is a logo that clarifies it. This can be promoted by an association or it can be your own logo. In both cases, an analysis and a previous certification have been carried out, so both guarantee that this product is gluten-free.


The second distinctive is in the part where the ingredients are specified, in our case on the back of the pack. There we will find specified that the product does not contain gluten. In addition, in the case of Quinua Real we highlight it in all languages ​​because the packaging is multilingual.



Why is it important to indicate that a product is gluten free?


The Quinua Real brand is totally gluten-free and therefore all its products have the GLUTEN FREE label on their packaging. It is not necessary to use it, but it generate security to the celiac consumer so that they can easily find a gluten-free product on the supermarket shelf.



What processes do products go through to determine that they are gluten-free?


A gluten-free product is subjected to several analyzes, both in its raw materials and in the final finish. For example, in a 100% gluten-free factory, the raw material that arrives must have a gluten free certificate, in addition, some controls and random analyzes are passed to verify it. Once the product is packaged, random controls and analyzes are also carried out to verify and ensure. A GLUTEN FREE factory must have a valid certificate that is renewed every time.



What analytical method is used for the determination of gluten in food?


The products and raw materials are sent to a laboratory and it performs a gluten analysis using the Elisa Test. A test that verifies the absence of gluten. To be able to consider a product as gluten-free, it must contain less than 20ppm (mg / kg) of gluten, that is, less than 20 milligrams per kilo. All this is regulated in the European Regulation 28/2014 this regulation is the one that dictates all the requirements that a product needs to pass to be certified gluten-free.


Does the Administration do any control of gluten free products?


The Administration, more specifically Consumption, makes random analyzes to guarantee that a product does not contain gluten, for this reason there are those in charge of analyzing products in stores. If Consumption is analyzing a product of a company, the company in question is notified and the results are given after the analysis.


Can a factory be 100% gluten free?


Yes, for a factory to be called Gluten Free Factory it must have a certificate granted after verifying and passing some controls and analyzes. In addition, this certificate has to be renewed so the products are constantly being analyzed.


There are other types of factories that are not 100% gluten free, but that can be 50%, in this case these types of factories use 2 warehouses and two different production lines: one for gluten free products and the other for common products. In this case, more tests have to be done.

Our grains and granola are packed in a 100% gluten free factory.


In addition, from Quinua Real, if a product does not come from a 100% factory, we ask for a gluten analysis for each batch sent to have a reliable verification.



What steps must gluten-free factories take to ensure it?


In addition to everything we have been discussing, the factories also do their own analysis and assess the risks of their suppliers. For example, exist a history of suppliers' cases and if there is any matter that has had a health alert for a gluten-contaminated product, gluten-free factories, apart from the gluten-free certificate that the supplier has to provide to the company, will do more studies of its suppliers and counter-analysis to ensure that is a 100% gluten-free product.



Leticia Falcó
Quality Manager