Hi, I'm Kylie, and I'd like to take a minute to tell the GF Oats story!
How it all started...
In 2008 Kylie became aware of a variety of oats being grown in the USA, that was certified as uncontaminated from the gluten found in wheat, rye and barley. Kylie reached out to this company, GF Harvest, based in Wyoming USA. GF Harvest are a farming family who all have Coeliac disease. As a family, they started a project with their son Forest, to see if they could produce oats that met their strict dietary requirements. By 2008 they had successfully done this, and were just finalising the product to be export ready.
Kylie decided if she didn’t import this product, then someone else would. She knew the food industry, and knew the health issues faced by those who have to follow specific dietary requirements.
At time of importing the first batch, Kylie did not fully realise the labelling laws around oats, and was not prepared for the misinformed controversy about the nature of uncontaminated oats. It is important to note that here in Australia, a product that contains oats cannot claim to be “gluten-free” due to current food labelling laws; these oats can be called “low gluten” but that is also very confusing for customers. So in late 2009, GK Gluten Free Foods introduced their brand Gloriously Free Oats into Australia.
Customers in Australia have been eager to source uncontaminated oats and demand has continued to grow as people learn more about the unique nature of this product, however this has not been without its challenges. Kylie has continued to bear the brunt and backlash from various sectors in the food and health industry about the nature of this product, however her persistence is paying off!
The numbers speak for themselves!
Confusion over labels...
GF Oats have been very restricted in the information we can share with customers and how we communicate that on our packaging. The term “Gloriously Free Oats” was born out of a continue barrage of consumers, who were keen to access this product, but were unsure about the lack of claims being offered. This for the moment is the best we can do, as well as try our best to inform consumers about the term “uncontaminated.”
|Mainstream oats are predominately contaminated at the farm level where growers also process crops such as wheat, rye, spelt or barley, all of which contain gluten. We have tested some popular brands and found that they maxed out at 80ppm (parts per million) which is incredibly contaminated. It could well have been more, however we will never know, because 80ppm is as high as the Elisa testing equipment can test. Here at GK Gluten Free Foods, we test each batch that is imported and display these results on our compliance page, the results are always below the traceable level.
To buy these oats you can visit our online shop or if you would prefer to buy locally, you can visit our store locator to see if there is a store near you. If you don’t find a store near you and you have a local store you frequent, please give us the name of the store and we will get onto it immediately for you. These oats are predominately available in health food stores, bulk food stores and selective IGA’s around the country.