Gluten Free Watchdog special 2023 statement on the use of oats in the gluten-free diet
In the latter half of 2022, four labeled gluten-free oat products from three manufacturers commissioned for testing by Gluten Free Watchdog had gluten test results above 20 parts per million. Three of the four products were certified gluten-free at the time of testing. These results are unprecedented for GFWD.
At Gluten Free Watchdog, we are stopping short of recommending against the use of oats. However, you may want to familiarize yourself with the suppliers of purity protocol oats and confirm with manufacturers that their oats are sourced from one of the listed suppliers posted at https://www.glutenfreewatchdog.org/news/oats-produced-under-a-gluten-free-purity-protocol-listing-of-suppliers-and-manufacturers/. You also may want to familiarize yourself with the protocols followed by Quaker https://www.glutenfreewatchdog.org/news/oats-revisited-quaker-gluten-free-oats/.
We will continue to test labeled gluten-free foods containing oats and will update the community as necessary.