Unsafe items – Hidden gluten : Gluten present as the source of one of the ingredients

Some products, though not ostensibly made out of wheat, barley, rye or oats, may still contain a food additive, ingredient or processing aid which is derived from one of these grains. These products may hence be unsafe though they don’t seem so.

Some such commonly used products which may have gluten ‘hidden’ in them are listed below. Please keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list.

Whether or not the above mentioned products will have gluten present in them will depend upon the manufacturer and the regulations and practices of the country where these products are manufactured. For example, a product may contain starch derived from corn in a particular country, making that product safe there. But the same product manufactured in another country (or by another company) may use starch derived from wheat, rendering it unsafe in that country.

One needs to read the labels and check with the manufacturer before using these items or any packaged product. You could use our sample letter to write to them.