Tenera Grains Brown Teff Flour

Tenera Grains Brown Teff Flour

The following report on Tenera Grains Brown Teff Flour will inform you of the amount of gluten found in this product during testing.

General Product Information

Manufacturer: Tenera Grains

Ingredients: Teff

The manufacturer provides online product information

Gluten-free information on product packaging: A gluten-free claim is included on product packaging.

The manufacturer provides online gluten-free information

The following statement is included on the website but not the product packaging, “Our whole grain teff is certified gluten free; however, our teff is milled into flour a facility that processes wheat and has trace amounts of gluten.”

Gluten Free Watchdog Note: Teff flour sold by this manufacturer does not include a gluten-free certification mark. This manufacturer currently does not sell teff grain. It is unclear to Gluten Free Watchdog what the manufacturer means by "certified gluten free" in the above statement. 

Ingredient and labeling information provided as a convenience only. Do not rely on this information for your dietary needs. Always read product labels before purchasing for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

This is a sample report, available to subscribers and non-subscribers alike.

Test Report Summary

Report Date: 01/19/2017

The two extractions from this sample tested at 48 parts per million and 25 parts per million of gluten. Please see complete results for details.

The manufacturer was notified about the results. Permission was granted to Gluten Free Watchdog to post their email response (see below). The manufacturer was asked if they were planning to issue a recall or somehow cover the gluten-free claim on product packaging. These questions have not been answered.

The FDA has been provided with test results.

Statement provided by Tenera Grains after being advised of the test results:

"Thank you for reaching out to us. 

After harvesting our teff, thoroughly cleaning it with a grain cleaner and gravity table, and storing it in new poly bags, we tested two separate lots of our teff grain for gluten using the ELISA test; those results came back as <5PPM (attached are the reports).  We are confident that the whole grain we sent to our miller contains less than 5 ppm gluten. After it was milled we tested our flour through the same company and found that it was not <20 PPM.  We then posted the notice you reference on our website.  We have also posted a similar notice on our Amazon product description.
Briefly, we created the labels for the flour after testing the grain but before the teff was milled and bagged. Although our miller is not certified gluten-free, we understand that he mills mostly gluten free grains.  Prior to sending our teff to him we confirmed that his mill is registered with the FDA and that he has passed all government inspections.  He was very surprised that our flour tested > 20PPM because he says he cleans his equipment regularly.
We share your concern about the trace amounts of gluten in our flour and are working to reduce gluten to less than 20 ppm and preferably less than 5 ppm.  Most immediately, we are looking for a gluten-free miller who is both certified and capable of milling teff satisfactorily (milling is tricky due to its small size).  Until then, we do not recommend that persons with a severe intolerance use our flour.  Again, we've informed people on our website and on our Amazon product page that the flour is milled from gluten-free teff but is manufactured in a facility that also processes grains containing gluten.  Thus the flour may contain gluten. 
Thank you for testing our flour and allowing us to comment.  Please feel free to contact me directly if you have further comment or any questions."  

Complete Test Results

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