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Topic: Is Wilton's Clear Vanilla Gluten Free?
gail1249 03/21/2011 2:29 PM
My new daughter-in-law to be has celiac disease. I'm making part of the groom's (my son's) cake from a gluten free mix, but it calls for a gluten free vanilla. I don't see anything on the bottle that references it so hope that someone on this board can help. This is my first post, by the way...I didn't know about you until Google!

Thanks for any help you may be able to provide.

~~Gail
riverchild 03/21/2011 3:18 PM
I did some research and here is what one person found out when they contacted Wilton. I didn't post her name b/c I do not have her permission. I went ahead and copied and pasted all of Wilton's products.

For anyone interested, here was my reply from Wilton:

"Please be aware, the following information regarding Food Allergens, Food Sensitizers, or Food specifications is to the best of our knowledge believed to be accurate.

Wilton Flavorings (vanilla 604-2237, almond 604-2126, and butter 604-2040) There is no gluten in the products, but there is in the manufacturing plant.

Wilton Meringue Powder 702-6007 There is no gluten in the product, but there is in the manufacturing plant.

Wilton Piping Gel 702-6007 There is no gluten in the product, but there is in the manufacturing plant.

Cake Release 702-6016 There is no gluten in the product, but there is in the manufacturing plant.

Bake Easy! Non-Stick Spray 702-6016 There is no gluten in the product, but there is in the manufacturing plant.

Wilton Icing Colors610- 208 There is no gluten in the product or in the manufacturing plant.

FoodWriter Edible Markers 609-100 There is no gluten in the product nor in the manufacturing plant.

Ready-To-Use Rolled Fondant 710-2076 There is no gluten in the product, but there is in the manufacturing plant.

Ready-To-Use Gum Paste 707-130 There is no gluten in the product, but there is in the manufacturing plant.

Gum Paste Mix 707-124 There is no gluten in the product nor in the manufacturing plant.

Gum-Tex 707-117 There is no gluten in the product, but there is in the manufacturing plant.

Glycerin 708-14 There is no gluten in the product, but there is in the manufacturing plant.

Ready-To-Use Decorator Icing (chocolate and white) 710-119 & 710-118 There is no gluten in the products, but there is in the manufacturing plant.

Ready-To-Decorate Icing710-4400 There is gluten in the product, so there is gluten in the manufacturing plant.

Ready-To-Use Icing Tubes 704-218 There is gluten in the product, so there is gluten in the manufacturing plant.

Whipped Icing Mix710-112 There is not gluten in the product nor in the manufacturing plant.

Creamy White Buttercream Icing Mix 710-1241 There is no gluten in the product, but there is in the manufacturing plant.

Icing Writer 710-2225 There is no gluten in the product nor in the manufacturing plant.

White Icing Cookie 704-481 There is no gluten in the product not in the manufacturing plant.

Sparkle Gel 704-1061 There is no gluten in the product, but there is in the manufacturing plant.

Color Flow Mix 701-47 There is no gluten in the product, but there is in the manufacturing plant.

Color Mist Food Color Spray There is no gluten in the product, but there is in the manufacturing plant."

So, if you can tolerate mild to moderate amounts of gluten, I'd say you're pretty safe even if the products contain trace amounts.
gail1249 03/21/2011 3:28 PM
Thank you so very much! I will print out this information and keep it in my cookbook.
auzzi 03/27/2011 4:05 AM
The only accurate information regarding gluten is available from the manufacturers .. Directing any inquiry to the general public, is not a safe thing to do .. Manufacturers change their formulae and manufacturing practices regularly. What information was accurate at any one space in time, may not be accurate now.

Things change all the time, and the it is safer to go to the source ..

Also:
"There is no gluten in the product, but there is in the manufacturing plant. " means that they can't guarantee that there is no cross-contamination .. so don't use it ..
"There is not gluten in the product nor in the manufacturing plant" means it's fine to use ..

"So, if you can tolerate mild to moderate amounts of gluten, I'd say you're pretty safe even if the products contain trace amounts" Coeliacs DON'T tolerate any trace of gluten. It damages the villi that line the intestines regardless of whether there are any symptoms or not ..
mandyhamelink 07/15/2011 4:03 AM
at the same time, if a person asked a baker who bakes regular cakes to bake them a gluten free cake wouldn't that also be a cross contaminated cake? There kitchen isn't exclusively gluten free so it would be in the air right? If they are that nervous about it they need to find a gluten free bakery or a home bakery that is all gluten free.
BlackWidowNor 07/15/2011 7:11 AM
Gluten in the air? really? Gluten (from Latin gluten "glue") is a protein composite in foods processed from wheat and related species, including barley and rye. So unless you're throwing flour around all day every day...

Anyway. Unless the kitchen is "gluten free" there is the possibility of cross contamination. It's just like any other allergen that way. If you have peanut butter in your kitchen, you run the risk of cross contamination (however slight) in anything you make - and you should let those with tree nut and peanut allergies know.

It's a safety issue

riverchild 07/20/2011 8:22 PM
For anyone interested in this thread, I emailed Wilton and the information I posted is correct. Wilton emailed me the same thing. I'm not real educated on celiac disease, just wanted to pass on that the info was correct as of July 2011.
GFinTX 07/21/2011 1:11 AM
Thank you beanie, I found the information very helpful.

I maintain a stict gluten free house and kitchen (& car) !!!
jeannine