We've been asked a ton of questions over the years!
Here are the answers to our most common questions!
These are the same oats sold and labelled as gluten-free in the USA, Canada, UK and parts of Europe. However, we have our latest Gluten-Free Test results displayed on our compliance page with corresponding batch numbers to show you that these oats are tested to <3ppm. (less than 3 parts per million)
These oats are grown and produced by the Smith family in Wyoming who are a family of Coeliacs, so they understand the disease, its complications, and the need for pure, uncontaminated oat products that customers can trust… Please read more and also refer to the latest research update & statement by the Coeliac Society.
Due to restrictions in the current Australian labelling laws, we are unable to claim on our packaging that any product containing oats is gluten-free. However, we have our latest Gluten-Free Test results displayed under the compliance page with corresponding batch numbers to show you that these oats are tested to <3ppm.
Oats are generally contaminated at the farm level as farmers grow other gluten-containing grains and then use the same machinery in their processing, storing, or carting. Please refer to the statement released by the Coeliac Society.
These Oats are imported from world leaders GF Harvest, in America. Read our blog on this here.
It is important to remember that a wheat–free claim on products is not the same as gluten– free. The adoption of oats that are labelled “Wheat-free Oats” here in Australia, has come about due to the fact that we are unable to label any product that contains oats gluten-free here in Australia due to an outdated labelling restriction. GF Oats Australia has never solely adopted the label of their oats as “wheat-free”, instead preferring to share it as one of the benefits; because essentially GF oats are certified gluten-free around the world! Each batch meets Australians strict threshold of nil gluten tested. Please refer to our compliance page for testing results published on each load.
Our farmers are also certified with the “Oats Purity Protocol” identifying their oats as amongst the purist in the world. A gluten–free diet for those who have an allergy or have gluten/wheat sensitivity requires them to eliminate barley and rye in addition to wheat from their diet. A “wheat-free claim” can essentially contain contamination from wheat, rye, or barley. The farmers growing wheat-free oats do not source their seed stock from pure uncontaminated sources and do not have exclusion zones around their farms to prevent cross-contamination. Also, processing plants are not dedicated to just gluten-free grains, so cross-contamination is a concern. So please be mindful and aware. Read all about the different types of oats on the market here.
You will notice that in the Allergen section on our packaging that it says “contains cereal oats, may contain gluten”. We are forced to put this on our packaging as part of the Australian Food Standards and labelling laws with reference to oats, as no product that contains oats can be called gluten free in Australia. Sorry 🙁
Please visit our compliance page to view the gluten free tests we do on every batch we currently receive.
Many products can claim their products are Organic but be careful as they claim generally means that there can be only 1 ingredient that is certified organic. There are several companies in Australia that you can be certified with however here at GF Oats we are certified with the Australian Certified Organic or ACO. You will see this ACO bud on all our certified organic oats. Ps: note our biscuits are Organic but we don’t certify them as this will add additional cost to that product which we did not wish to incur and subsequently charge our customers. For that product, 95% of the ingredients are certified organic.
We also don’t use any pesticides in our warehouse or in the supply chain of this product.
Please read our blog about this here.
Great question, I did a whole blog on this. You can read it here…
We are very excited to tell you that the entire range of GF Oats has no exposure to any chemicals at the farm level during processing or during the importation process. As the oats are already processed and are not in their Raw seed form we are not required to adhere to any irradiation procedure at customs. Read our Allergen Statement here.
Great question, I tackled this question in a blog recently. You can read it here…
Please read our blog all about Batch Numbers and Best Before Dates HERE.
Please read our blog about Food Labelling Standards for Australia HERE.
Please read our blog about the Glyphosate statement HERE.
GF Oats are proudly supporting Legacy. Please read our blog post about how we are supporting Legacy here.