False and Illegal gluten free advertising from Pizza Hut in Australia
Getting on the Gluten Free Bandwagon
Within the last few years, many Australian pizza chains (both large and small) have been jumping onto the gluten free bandwagon from all corners. First, we started off with Pizza Capers, followed by Crust, then Domino's followed by Eagle Boys. About a year and a half later, it seems as though Pizza Hut just recently tried to get in on this latest so-called 'fad' diet. Took them a while, I must admit. :?
Of course, I am always interested in what the foodservice industry can come up with when it comes to gluten free offerings. Especially yummy, gooey pizza that we as coeliacs tend to miss out on a lot (not that we ever deserved to do so, it's just that we could be doing serious damage to ourselves if we actually do cheat on our diets (even once a year!!!)).
Pizza Hut used to be one of the places I'd go to every week with friends and family. Their affordable pizza prices and addictive menu items really are something that people like me unfortunately have had to do without for a long, long time (not to mention the social isolation that comes with it).
But with a new gluten free pizza offering, maybe this will change. Maybe these guys are genuine and actually mean gluten free when they say "GLUTEN FREE"!
The Dreaded Pizza Hut Gluten Free Disclaimer
*While all care is taken, Pizza Hut Gluten Free bases are prepared in an environment that contain gluten and we cannot guarantee all Gluten Free bases will be 100% free from gluten. Most toppings contain Gluten."
Illegal Gluten Free Advertising Exposed
Honestly, folks... This is worse than Domino's, Eagle Boys, Crust or Pizza Capers!
While they don't use the ILLEGAL 'gluten friendly' term, they are certainly not winning any points with me with their disclaimer. Regardless of how I feel and how others think of it, what they are doing by using the 'gluten free' terminology and then adding a disclaimer shows total ignorance as to what gluten free labelling in Australia means.
Review of Australia's Gluten Free Legislation
In Australia, a food can only be labelled as 'gluten free' if it contains:
No detectable gluten
No cereals containing gluten that have been malted
What part of this legislation does Pizza Hut not understand?
Leave your views below. I have not tried their pizzas as I have coeliac disease and can't afford to risk them when they're so complacent about food safety. I think it absolutely STINKS that they're using us like this and I will be contacting the relevant authorities to have a review of this in the coming weeks.