Running List of Misbranded Gluten-Free Products Reported to FDA by Gluten Free Watchdog in 2020
This list is updated when necessary to include additional misbranded products and recall status. Thank you to the consumers who have reported products to Gluten Free Watchdog. It takes a gluten-free village to do this work. Please continue to send emails and write letters to FDA personnel included at this link and please include photos of products that haven’t been recalled. Thank you! https://www.glutenfreewatchdog.org/news/enough-is-enough-with-gluten-free-misbranding-contact-fda-today/
Nature’s Earthly Choice Lentil Trio. Reported to FDA via CAERS on March 3, 2020. Report acknowledged by CAERS on March 3, 2020. This product contains numerous errant grains. Test results suggest the grains are a mix of oat and wheat/barley. The certifying organization–GFCO was notified about this product issue. UPDATE: GFCO has issued a safety alert for this product https://gfco.org/safety-alerts/
Bart’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream. Reported to FDA via CAERS on February 26, 2020. Report acknowledged by CAERS on February 26, 2020. Product RECALL posted under Enforcement Reports for the week of March 18, 2020. This product includes a GF on front packaging (used by Bart’s to indicate that a product is gluten-free). This ice cream isn’t gluten-free. It contains wheat flour-based cookie dough. GFWD spoke with the manufacturer. This is a labeling error and they will be contacting retail outlets that carry this product.
Sweet Bourbon Crunchers Pretzels sold through Beef Jerky Outlets. Reported to FDA via CAERS on February 25, 2020. Report acknowledged by CAERS on February 25, 2020. GFWD spoke to both the manufacturer and the distributor. Due to an error in the labeling process, this product includes a gluten-free claim. However, the pretzels contain wheat flour as confirmed by the manufacturer. The manufacturer has instructed all Beef Jerky Outlet stores to remove product from the shelf. Regardless, this product was purchased at a Beef Jerky Outlet February 22/23.
Grow Girl Hair Growth Dietary Supplement. Reported to FDA via CAERS on January 28, 2020. Report acknowledged by CAERS on January 29, 2020. The product is labeled “no gluten” which FDA considers a synonym for “gluten free” yet it includes “malt syrup” in the ingredients list. Under the FDA’s Code of Federal Regulations for malt syrup, this ingredient is “barley malt syrup.” Barley malt syrup is not allowed in foods labeled gluten-free per FDA. Manufacturer alerted to this issue via email.
Pike Place Chowder, smoked salmon chowder. Reported to FDA via CAERS on January 16, 2020. Report acknowledged by CAERS on January 23, 2020. Product RECALL posted under Enforcement Reports for the week of January 29, 2020. Outer packaging includes a gluten-free claim and the ingredients list does not include a gluten-containing ingredient. The inner plastic pouch that contains the chowder includes a stamp that reads, “Smoked Salmon Chowder. Contains: Fish (Salmon), Milk, Shellfish (Lobster, Shrimp), and Wheat. GFWD spoke to the manufacturer. The wrong outer packaging was used. The chowder contains wheat flour.
Restructure Protein Powder. Reported to FDA via CAERS on January 5, 2020. Report acknowledged by CAERS on January 8, 2020. RECALL March 3, 2020 posted on FDA’s Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts page BUT because of undeclared milk only. It appears the gluten-free claim will remain on new product packaging and the ingredient “germinated barley seed powder” will not be removed. The product is labeled gluten-free yet includes “germinated barley seed powder” in the ingredients list. In addition, the ingredients list includes “whey protein concentrate” but “milk” is not declared in either the ingredients list or separate Contains statement. GFWD spoke at length to the manufacturer.
Sierra Soups Pasta e Fagioli. Reported to FDA via CAERS on January 4, 2020. Product RECALL February 24, 2020 posted on FDA’s Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts page. The product is labeled gluten-free yet includes durum semolina flour in the ingredients list. Wheat is not declared in the ingredients list or separate Contains statement.
Sticky Fingers Bakeries Gluten-Free Scones Mix Reported to FDA via CAERS on January 4, 2020. Product Recall posted under FDA’s Enforcement Reports page for the week of March 11, 2020. Report acknowledged by CAERS on January 8, 2020. A second report was filed on February 8, 2020. Product is labeled gluten-free yet enriched wheat flour is included in the ingredients list.