Oats from Glanbia Nutritionals have been recognised for their gluten-free purity by three leading European coeliac organisations.
The OatPure ranges of oats, which are produced at a state-of-the-art facility in Portlaoise, Co Laois, Ireland, have been licensed by Coeliac UK, the Coeliac Society of Ireland and the Spanish Federation of Coeliac Associations (FACE) to carry the grossed grain symbol.
The oats offer gluten-free integrity at max 10 parts per million (ppm), 50% less than the required level of 20 ppm for gluten-free labelling, stipulated by European law.
Commenting on the brand being recognised for this, Yves Vantomme, business development manager at Glanbia Nutritionals said: “Our OatSecure process has been approved by NSF and is held up as an industry standard by retailers and coeliac nutrition specialists in Europe.
“As the popularity of gluten-free eating continues, it is essential that manufacturers maintain the gluten-free quality of their products. Our recent participation at the Association of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS) annual conference brought us closer to understanding the needs of those living with coeliac disease, highlighting a growing concern that the mainstream uptake of gluten free may weaken standards.
Manufacturers are looking for a great-tasting oat that guarantees gluten-free integrity – and we believe we’re the only supplier in today’s market who can give that guarantee. We’re seeing strong interest from coeliac brand leaders and major retailers alike.”
Meanwhile, the fast-growing food conglomerate, which started life as an Irish dairy co-operative, has also released drone footage of its recent oat harvest in Co Kildare, Ireland. You can watch the footage here.