Gluten Free Watchdog recommends against the use of Trader Joe’s gluten-free oatsTricia Thompson
Gluten Free Watchdog recently commissioned testing of Trader Joe’s gluten-free rolled oats. One bag of oats (Best by Aug 18, 2023) was tested as part of our regular testing program. Results from the 6 extractions tested ranged from < 5 ppm to > 80 ppm. This is in keeping with the heterogeneous nature of gluten cross contact in oats. Based on these results, we do not recommend the use of Trader Joe’s gluten-free rolled oats by people with celiac disease.
Gluten Free Watchdog reached out to Trader Joe’s and shared the results of our testing. Trader Joe’s response in part was, “We have no reason to believe our product is mislabeled and have lot-specific test results for the batch in question.” Based on additional email correspondence, it appears that a single extraction from this lot was tested by Trader Joe’s. The result was < 5 ppm of gluten.
Gluten Free Watchdog has been unable to confirm the source of oats used by Trader Joe’s in this product. Based on language included on product packaging as well as information available on the Trader Joe’s website (see photos), some consumers may have assumed that the oats in this product are purity protocol.
Gluten Free Watchdog has spoken with all known suppliers of purity protocol oats in Canada (packaging reads product of Canada). According to these suppliers, none of them provide oats to Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s has not shared the source of their oats.
A complaint has been filed with FDA.
If you believe Trader Joe’s gluten-free rolled oats made you or a family member ill, please file a complaint with an FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator. A listing is available at https://www.fda.gov/safety/report-problem-fda/consumer-complaint-coordinators.