La Porchetta - A Coeliac (gluten free) Aggravator
GF = Gluten Free, but NOT a gluten free environment
I see that the chain Italian restaurant "La Porchetta" is now using GF to promote their menu items to our target Coeliac market. It looks like there is some selection of fine gluten free italian food to indulge on...
That is, until you read the fine print on the bottom of the page. "GF = Gluten Free, but not made in a gluten free environment". Having come across this, I was horrified to see the 'gluten free' term improperly used, once again.
Labelling Laws in Australia
16 Claims in relation to gluten content of food
(1) Claims in relation to the gluten content of food are prohibited unless expressly
permitted by this Code.
(2) A claim to the effect that a food is gluten free must not be made in relation to a food
unless the food contains –
(a) no detectable gluten; and
(b) no –
(i) oats or their products; or
(ii) cereals containing gluten that have been malted, or their products.
Page 15 of the PDF file. From Food Standards Australia and New Zealand.
Clearly it can be seen that you cannot decalre something as gluten free if it isn't actually gluten free. It is against the law. Illegal. END OF STORY.
There are to be no 'buts' if a product is labelled as gluten free. My suggestion is to remove the GF symbols away from the applicable items on your menu, and leave the initiative to the customer. Clearly, the law is not being followed in this regard. It is false advertising to call something 'gluten free' when it isn't completely gluten free!
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