Here’s a list of information from many major brands of turkey. Fresh, plain turkeys that are not stuffed are naturally gluten free, too. This list was last updated Sept 12th 2008. Please let me know if there are any broken links!
Shipped Kosher turkey, goose, duck, etc. WITH GF stuffings (buckwheat, quinoa or rice). Pricey, but wow!
Here’s their product list.
Per Butterball on Sept 12, 2008:
“Thank you for contacting us about more information regarding Butterball turkey and allergens. Since the ingredient you are asking about is one of the “Big 8” allergens (wheat, eggs, soy, milk, fish, shellfish, peanuts and tree nuts), the USDA requires that this ingredient must be listed on the ingredient statement on the package when it is in the food. Because product formulations can change at any time, we encourage our consumers to check the ingredient statement on each package they purchase for the most up-to-date information on the ingredients contained in that product. Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with a list of the specific ingredients in the flavorings because this is proprietary information. We only have 3 products that contain gluten. They are the stuffed turkeys, the gravy packet with the little butterball and the rotisserie deli meat. All of our other products are gluten free.”
Cheryl’s note: As you well know, gluten is NOT one of the big 8 and the fact that a customer service representative provided inaccurate info for the third 3rd year running gives me concerns about their awareness of the needs for a gluten free diet.
Butcher’s Cut (Safeway Brand)
Spiral Sliced Ham is GF (glaze packet is not gluten free) (per Safeway Gluten Free product listing, received October 2007)
“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
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.
The Honey Baked Ham office in Georgia reports that as of November 1st, 2007, their glaze is made without any gluten. However, as of May 10, 2008, the website still states that their products contain gluten. According to HBH staff, they are not updating the website yet because some frozen hams on shelves do still contain gluten from before the switch. Numerous places also report that only some branches of HBH are GF, so please proceed with caution!!!(updated May 10, 2008)
Honeysuckle White has a list of products that DO have gluten here. All other products are GF, according to the manufacturer. (updated Sept 12, 2008)
List includes turkey products and ham, too. (updated Sept 12, 2008)
Listing of all GF products (updated Sept 12, 2008)
Manor House (Safeway brand)
Confirmed via phone call to Safeway October 2007. Also on the Safeway GF product listing (Frozen enhanced turkey)
Listing of all GF products. (updated Sept 12, 2008)
“All of our Pilgrim’s Pride turkey products are gluten-free.” (updated Sept 12, 2008)
“All of our products are gluten free except our dressing and gravy. ” Confirmed via email in Sept 12th 2008
New listing of products that are NOT GF (all others are GF)
Smithfield Farm gluten free and allergy information
Confirmed via email October 2007
Holiday “roast” products DO contain gluten
Info on gluten and many other allergens for turkeys, hams and other products, too.
* 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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