Hi, I posted last year on a nut-butter product that was produced on same line as barley malt product. The company (Meridian) stated the barley malt product is below 20ppm so suitable for coeliac. For those that this is not ok for I queried if this presented a cross contamination risk for the nut/seed butters which they term 'naturally gluten free" (eye roll).
This is their recent response:
" The Meridian Foods Manufacturing site is not a gluten free site. Our manufacturing site packs one product containing gluten – Meridian Barley Malt Extract. As a manufacturing site which handles nuts of many varieties we have a strict wash-down process to avoid cross-contamination of nuts & seeds. This strict wash-down process of course also applies to Barley Malt Extract when this is produced. Meridian Foods can confirm that we are a BRC AA accredited site which means that we are certified in terms of the processes that we carry out. We have to ensure that we conduct a thorough wash-down process, and are able to provide evidence that this has taken place in between production of all of our products."
There is lots more to this email on the specific tests they do to ensure all subsequent products are gluten free/tested.
QUESTION: How much would you trust the wash down process to make the products gluten free, and do you trust the 'wash down' process?