If you are a fan of the Food Network’s Recipe to Riches television show, you know that this week Sonya Walos’ gluten-free “The Smart Cookie” will be available in stores this weekend. The fact that the cookie was “gluten free” was emphasized throughout the show.
A few people have already asked whether the cookie would be produced so that it was safe for people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, not just from naturally gluten-free ingredients. In response to an email, the CCA received this response:
Thank you for the inquiry on our new “Recipes to Riches” cookie product. The product labelling does indicate the product is gluten-free. To assure this claim, the product has been made under strict processing conditions. Every precaution has been taken to ensure no gluten containing ingredients are included and all possible cross contamination is eliminated and to meet Canadian regulations. Our supplier must meet a strict standard of operation including meeting general manufacturing practices for ingredient control, product handling practices, sanitation and training.
I’m looking forward to trying the cookies this weekend and I hope that the experience will encourage Loblaw’s and Presidents Choice to produce more gluten-free products.