Reminder: Pick Through Your Lentils for Errant Wheat and Barley!

Reminder: Pick Through Your Lentils for Errant Wheat and Barley!

We continue to receive reports of errant gluten-containing grains in bags of dried lentils sold in the US. Health Canada just issued a recall on a brand of lentils for undeclared gluten. As a general reminder, under US GIPSA standards (Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration), lentils are allowed to contain a certain percentage of foreign grain, including wheat, barley, and rye. As a precaution, please make sure to pick through dry lentils carefully and rinse them very thoroughly under running water.

Here is some evidence to support these recommendations:

  • A bag of lentils purchased in the UK and containing foreign grain was sent by UK blogger Carly @gfreeb to senior research scientist Adrian Rogers for testing.
  • Limited testing using the Gluten G12 ELISA was performed on the lentils. Results are shared with permission.
    • A sample of lentils was ground “as is” from the bag and tested. Results were 7 ppm of gluten.
    • A second sample of lentils was picked through and foreign material was removed before washing.
    • The picked through sample of lentils was rinsed 3 times in distilled water and then ground. Results were below the lower limit of quantification of 4 ppm of gluten.
    • The rinse water was also tested and a low level of gluten was detected.

From what we understand from Purity Protocol Ingredients of Avena Foods Limited, there is no source of purity protocol lentils currently on the market. BUT this appears to be changing. According to a Tweet on Twitter from @gfprotocol in response to a question from @GFWatchdog, “No brands are using Purity Protocol Lentils. These will be available (and lentil flour & grit) from next crop year, the first in the world. We are partnering with brands and will keep you posted. ‘Start safe, stay safe’ matters.”

Thank you! We agree!

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