GFCO warns the gluten-free community about oat supply issues: Recommendations from Gluten Free Watchdog
The Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO) is alerting the gluten-free community to supply chain issues that have made oats, including oats destined for gluten-free foods, more difficult to find. According to GFCO, farmers are planting less oats and droughts have led to grasshopper infestations and fires, further leading to crop shortages. GFCO is recommending that consumers who must eat gluten-free, choose only GFCO certified oat products during this time to help ensure a safe oat product.
GFCO reached out to GFWD prior to posting their article to explain the current oat situation. GFCO is in a unique position to provide information on the gluten-free oat market. At GFWD we greatly appreciate their transparency and willingness to raise legitimate concerns about the safety of gluten-free oats.
During these unique times:
- It is the recommendation of GFWD that folks with celiac disease or another gluten-related disorder, avoid gluten-free products containing oats not certified as gluten-free.
- Until such time that GFWD hears from other certifying organizations about the steps they are taking to ensure the products they certify are using quality gluten-free oats, it is the recommendation of GFWD, that it is best to choose products containing oats that are certified by GFCO.
- It remains the position of GFWD that single ingredient oat products should be made solely from purity protocol oats.
- Please check your favorite brands of purity protocol oats to ensure that they continue to carry the GFCO certification mark. GFCO stated in their post, “There is also the possibility that a GFCO-certified gluten-free oat product you have used in the past may temporarily be required to remove its GFCO-certification mark.”
- GFWD will be increasing testing of gluten-free products containing oats.
The article by GFCO is available at https://gluten.org/2022/01/31/the-shortage-of-gluten-free-oats/
Please reach out to GFCO with any questions related to the information in their post.
If you have any questions related to GFWD’s position on oats, please reach out to Tricia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Personal note from Tricia: I will continue to use GFCO-certified purity protocol oats. I recently made a batch of no-bake cookies, and they are oh so good!