After the email BeFreeForMe.com sent out yesterday regarding the Joan’s GF Great Bakes products, I received several emails from Members inquiring about the allergens / facilities at Joan’s GF Great Bakes.
I contacted Joan, and asked her to clarify the allergen information and received this email from her today:
I would like to take this opportunity to address some concerns voiced by your readers.
We have a dedicated, gluten free facility. We are also free of soy flour or oil, peanuts and tree nuts. We take great care to avoid cross contamination of any kind. When we prepare our dairy free bagels, all the equipment is carefully washed and the bagels are not prepared at the same time as bagels with dairy.
Our English muffins do not have dairy or egg and again, we take great pains to ensure no contact with substances not listed in the ingredients. Only the English muffins are prepared on our griddles. They are not used for any other purpose.
Our mixers are used for all the products and are very carefully cleaned between batches but it is because we use the same mixers that we put the disclaimer on the packaging.
When we first started in business we did produce 2 tea breads containing nuts. They were never made on the mixers, but in large tubs and mixed by hand. It soon became apparent to us that we could serve a larger community by removing the tree nuts from our facility and we did that approximately 4 months ago. We no longer produce ANY product containing nuts but our packaging was made for us before we eliminated the nuts.
I hope this answers any questions you might have and I would be happy to answer any further questions.
My warmest regards –