I'm posting the following because I think it might be of interest to some of you. Recently I have been noticing that information has been popping up about some Quorn items being gluten-free.
With this in mind, earlier today I had a phone conversation with customer services from Marlow foods. The lady confirmed that they have been working with Coeliac UK to establish which of their Quorn products meet the C-UK Cross Grain standards.
As a vegetarian Coeliac (diagnosed two years ago), I had to stop eating all Quorn products because many contained gluten (Barley etc); and those that didn't, carried a risk of cross contamination due to the manufacturing methods. I suspect that Marlow Foods may have had to review and update their risk assessments recently - to keep in line with the new food information regulations. As a result, they have now reclassified some of their products.
Here is an extract of what they said in a follow up email to me:
"As of July 2014 the (Quorn) products below are gluten free:
Mince (Frozen) 300g
Mince (Frozen) 450g
Mince (Frozen) 500g
Pieces (Frozen) 300g
Pieces (Frozen) 450g
Pieces (Frozen) 500g
Fillets (Frozen) 312g
Fillets (Frozen) 520g
Hot Dogs (Frozen) 270g
Family Roast (Frozen) 454g
Tikka Masala & Rice (Chilled) 400g
Piri Piri & Rice (Chilled) 400g
(the frozen products will have a Best Before Date after end of January 2016)
Coeliac Society logo will be appearing on packing in the New Year."
Now folks, please do use common sense - and remember the Quorn range has many products that are still NOT suitable for a gluten-free diet! I also appreciate that the current Codex 20ppm level is not suitable for everyone. Personally speaking, I'm seriously thinking about resuming eating Quorn in the new year. It will be good to be able to put it back on the menu. I'll post here if I have any issues/advese reactions to report on.
Btw, Marlow foods also gave me a second list of Quorn foods that they have also risk assessed as being under the 20ppm. PM me if you're interested - it's too long to list here.
Happy New Year!