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Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Gluten-free Turkeys 2010

Here’s a list of information from many major brands of turkey. This list was last updated on NOV 17th 2010. Please let me know if there are any broken links!

General turkey tips:

  • Fresh, plain turkeys that are not stuffed are naturally gluten free
  • All regular stuffed turkeys contain gluten, even if you don’t eat the stuffing.
  • Avoid the gravy packets, or check the packets very carefully.


Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have gluten-free gravies.

Aaron’s Best
Shipped Kosher turkey, goose, duck, etc. WITH GF stuffings (buckwheat, quinoa or rice). Pricey, but wow!
Here’s their product list. Checked Nov 2010


From the Butterball website Nov 2010:

  1. Butterball product labels let consumers know whether any of the top eight allergens may be present in the product. For example, a label may read “contains wheat and dairy.” Specifically, gluten is not present naturally in turkey. It may be present in our gravy packets, additional rubs or flavors, and in our stuffed products.

(Cheryl’s note: gluten is NOT an allergen, nor one of the top 8 allergens *sigh*.  However, staff have confirmed that the turkeys are, indeed, gluten free. )

This just in! Some Butterball gravy packet are GF–As always, read carefully.

Butcher’s Cut (Safeway Brand)

Shank cut ham is GF.  Spiral Sliced Ham is GF (glaze packet is not gluten free) (per Safeway Gluten Free product listing, received October 2008, dated March 08)

(800) 327-8246
“To my knowledge the only item that I sell that has gluten are the crackers that are in the picnic basket. Other then that all other items are gluten free.” via email, October 2007

Empire Kosher Poultry
Listing of all GF Products (accessed Nov 2010)

Esskay and Mash Hams
“The only products that have gluten are our Bar BQ loaf and Peppered Corned Beef in the deli. All our other products are gluten free.” Via email, November 2007.

Honeybaked Ham

Per and email from HBH, “The Hams and Turkeys are all Gluten Free”.  Here is info on their other products.

  • Do your hams or turkey breast contain glutens?
    “We have reformulated our glaze to be considered free of allergens. This means our hams and turkey breasts DO NOT contain glutens.” (Cheryl’s note: gluten is NOT an allergen *sigh* but their products are gluten-free according to their staff) (updated Nov 5 2010)

Honeysuckle White

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Honeysuckle White Turkeys are GF, but some of their other products have gluten.  A list of products that DO have gluten here. All other products are GF, according to the manufacturer. (updated Nov 5 2010)

Hormel Foods
List includes turkey products and ham, too. (updated Nov 5,2010)

Listing of all GF products (accessed Nov 09)

Manor House (Safeway brand)
Confirmed via email Safeway Nov 2010.
“Thank you for contacting us regarding your inquiry on our Turkeys.  Yes, our Turkeys are gluten free.”

Listing of all GF products. (accessed Nov 5, 2010)

Pilgrim’s Pride

Here is a list of GF products.  Breaded products are not GF (updated Nov 5 2010)

Plainville Farms

“All of our turkeys products are gluten free except our gravy, cranberry relish, and dressing ” Confirmed via email Nov 2009

Shadybrook Farms
New listing of products that are NOT GF (all others are GF) (updated Nov 5, 2010)

Smithfield Farms


Most of our products are GF–see Allergen & Ingredient statement (updated Nov 09)

All Tofurky products contain gluten (updated Nov 5 2010)

Wellshire Farms
(856) 769-8933

Info on gluten and many other allergens for turkeys, hams and other products, too. Includes an in-depth description of the term gluten-free as they use it.(updated Nov 5 2010)

* Disclaimer: This information is based on websites, email and telephone correspondence and is intended for informational purposes only and not as medical advice. Harris Whole Health is not responsible for any changes in ingredient lists, and always recommends double checking all labels.*

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