Oat Purity – It Matters
GF Harvest Follow The Purity Protocol
Why does Oat Purity matter?
- Some oats being used in products labelled “Gluten-Free” are not grown and processed with a “Purity Protocol”.
- At the 2015 AACCI conference, one manufacturer presenting mention they used mechanically sorted commodity oats in their “gluten-free” oat products. They stated that they average 10% of their samples testing over 20 parts per million (ppm) so with a statistical average they can meet the FDA standard. (see below for example)
Where the oats in every product come from and how they were grown?
Ask these important questions:
- Are the oats being used certified to<10ppm or less? Australia <3 ppm
- Are their oats grown with these “Purity Protocol” steps?
- Pureplanting seed stock with pre-planting field history audits
- All equipment inspected and approved for gluten-free production
- Each field inspected prior to harvest by the company and 3rd party
- Harvested seed only stored in dedicated gluten-free grain storage
- Processed in a dedicated and certified gluten-free oat mill
- Packaged on a dedicated and certified gluten-free packaging line
- 3rd party audits showing the final product is certified gluten-free
- Ask if they use a blended test average on the oats they use?
Without a “Purity Protocol,” a mill must rely on mechanical processing to separate out the gluten-containing grains while processing 2,500 to 5000 lbs. of oats per hour.
What does 10 ppm look like? (US protocol)
- 10 dimes out of a bucket of 1,000,000 pennies as it passes by a machine.
- 13 gallons of material from an Olympic swimming pool with 660,000 gallons of water.
“Uncontaminated” or “Safe” oats were introduced and accepted into the gluten-free diet over the last decade by including all of the “Purity Protocol” steps. Not by just adding a machine into the process to try to remove the glutinous grains from common/commodity oats.
If the oat product you are using was not grown with this kind of care, ask yourself if it’s worth the risk.
This is a sample of what a statistical set of averaged tests could look like to “Hit” the FDA’s “Gluten Free” standard of 20 ppm or less.
In Australia, we test every batch of oats and display the results on our Compliance Page.
Find out more details @ GFHarvest