Is Alcohol Gluten Free?
This is a question that has been heavily debated with experts but in truth, no
study has actually been published on whether people with celiac/gluten
intolerance can consume alcoholic beverages distilled from gluten
grains without a reaction. A few researchers have tested spirits for
gluten content, and some have found gluten in them and others have
Theoretically, distillation should remove all the gluten.
However, not all manufacturers distill enough times or vary their
temperatures to remove all traces of gluten completely. Also, some may
add in a little of the "mash" (grain) which can contain gluten. They
do this to improve the characteristics of the product. It should be
noted there is always the risk of cross-contamination since gluten can
become airborne and be spread throughout the manufacturing facility.
The different celiac and gluten intolerant organizations have their
own statements when it comes to gluten free alcohol. However, the general
consensus is you should be careful with what you consume based upon
your sensitivity and what your body can tolerate.
Why Are Your Alcohol Brands Certified Gluten-Free?
We have gone through a vigorous process to
have our plant audited and the alcohol products being produced to be Certified
Gluten-Free. Most auditing programs only test the final product for
gluten (regardless of what it is made from) and have certain
parameters they follow – such as under 20ppm or 10ppm. Our audit is
unique for the following reasons:
- The alcohol base CANNOT be a gluten grain to begin with
- We cannot add any gluten purposely in our mix at any stage of the process
- Employees and Management have been
versed in gluten and understand how to prevent cross contamination.
Policies and procedures are changed in the plant to reflect
- We minimize (as much as humanly possible) to reduce any cross
contamination of gluten within the plant
- The batch is tested to
make sure it complies with all government standards when it comes to
gluten free claims
- If any of the above is not adhered to, this
results in a failure
This audit has been endorsed by the Canadian
Celiac Association and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness in
the United States of America. We are able to add the ‘Mark of
Trust’ to our alcohol products so that celiac/gluten intolerant consumers know
we have done everything possible to provide a safe, gluten free alcohol product. This audit
is one of the toughest when it comes to becoming certified in the
Which Brands Of Alcohol Products Are Certified Gluten-Free?
Magic Moments Vodka
This is made from 100% non-GMO rice. It is triple distilled at the
correct temperature. There are no artificial colours or preservatives
Magic Moments Remix Flavours
Once the plain vodka is completed we add
flavouring to the mix. The flavouring we use is all natural
fruit/vegetable extracts with a hint of sugar cane.
We steep our flavours for up to 5 days. There are no artificial
colours or preservatives.
This is made from a
combination of French/Indian grapes with a hint of rice grain spirit
which has been aged for at least 6 years. There are no artificial
colours or preservatives.
Contessa Rum – White & Dark
This is made
from 100% sugarcane. The dark rum is aged for 12 years. There are no
artificial colours or preservatives.