Gluten Free Watchdog is a company that performs independent testing of gluten-free products that are currently on the market. Gluten-Free Watchdog was founded by Tricia Thompson, MS, RD, to make food testing information available to those who are interested in it. The cost of the Gluten-Free Watchdog subscription is $4.99/month and may be cancelled at any time. Some basic information is available to everyone, but full report access is only for those who subscribe.
Just yesterday I received an email with a product report that was quite concerning. I immediately reached out to Tricia Thompson and asked permission to share some sort of warning to my blog readers. Please read the statement from Gluten Free Watchdog below:
“Gluten Free Watchdog, LLC recently tested a box of Bart and Judy’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies for gluten contamination using the R5 ELISA Mendez method. The product tested well above 20 parts per million of gluten. Detailed test results are available only to subscribers of Gluten Free Watchdog. Test results provide a snapshot picture of the gluten content of this product at one point in time. There is no way of knowing without testing many more samples whether the results of the one sample tested are representative of the gluten content of this product as a whole.”
For more information about Gluten Free Watchdog see www.glutenfreewatchdog.org. Written permission to post this statement was provided to subscribers of Gluten Free Watchdog, LLC.
After doing a little research myself, it seems that GlutenDude called Bart & Judy’s out last summer for labeling their cookies “Gluten-Free” and then placing a “May contain wheat” statement on the back. Oh, boy! I dug a little deeper and found that Bart Greenhut, co-founder of Bart & Judy’s, responded to Glutendude basically saying that he was spreading false information. It goes on with Glutendude responding once again.
The bottom line here, the reason for my wanting to get this information out, is that if you have any of the Bart & Judy’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies in your house, don’t eat them. They are not gluten-free, and not safe for anyone with Celiac Disease to consume.