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Are McCormick Spices Gluten Free?

Are McCormick Spices Gluten Free?
by K.C. Pomering, Posted November 20th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Excerpt of an email from McCormick Spices:

“Thank you for contacting us regarding your special allergies and intolerances to gluten.  We understand that there are a growing number of people that have gluten concerns.  We would like to take this opportunity to provide some additional information and let you know that there are many products available to you that will add the flavor you desire.

We often get the request for a list of our gluten-free products.  We do not provide a list because we want you checking the ingredient statements of our products.   McCormick can guarantee you the following:

1. All of our single ingredient spices are gluten-free.  Our single ingredient spices are 100% pure, with nothing additional added to them.

2. All of our extracts are gluten-free.  They are made with a synthetic Ethyl Alcohol, not a grain-based alcohol.

3. If our products have gluten in them, it will be listed clearly in the ingredient statement.  We do not hide any allergens under “natural flavors” or “spices.” This pertains mainly to our Dry Seasoning mixes and some blends.  An example is our Beef Stew Seasoning Mix.  This contains gluten, and states, “Wheat Gluten,” in the ingredient statement.

4. McCormick goes a step further.  If an ingredient is derived from wheat source, such as Maltodextrin, it will be listed as “Maltodextrin (WHEAT), in the ingredient statement.

5. McCormick follows good manufacturing practices at our plants and takes extra precautions to eliminate the possibility of mislabeling or cross-contamination.

If we can be of further assistance, please call us a 1-800-632-5847, Monday through Friday, 9:30AM to 5PM Eastern Time.”

The McCormick company stated verbally when called that they are very careful to make sure their processing lines are thoroughly cleaned between runs, but they do run the blends that contain gluten on the same lines as their other products .

Thank you for making it easy to choose gluten-free seasonings. Sometimes it is so hard to know the hidden meaning behind "natural flavors".

by Tammy, Posted March 31, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I was trying to buy some chili powder and I noticed that ( can’t remember the name of the thing that was added) but it was to keep the chili pepper powder from sticking together. What is that stuff and is it gluten free. I purchased a different brand because I did not know what it was I noticed that this was added to just about all chili power. Is it a chemical? Gladys Barnes

by Gladys Barnes, Posted May 17, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Gladys, it may have been silicon dioxide, or something similar. It wouldn’t have gluten in it if it was, indeed, silicon dioxide.

by Will, Posted June 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm

How about Poultry Seasoning. Jar. Black lid.

by Meileen, Posted June 9, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Gladys, our readers are correct! It is most likely silicon dioxide, and that’s Gluten Free. Happy Cooking! :)

by Administrator, Posted June 10, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Is McCormick Curcuma (turmeric) irradiated?

by D. K. Andrino, Posted July 9, 2013 at 2:38 am


by Debra, Posted September 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm


by G-Free Foodie, Posted September 5, 2013 at 6:55 pm

I was wondering if the Grill Mates Molasses Bacon is gluten free.

by Billy, Posted October 14, 2013 at 5:32 pm

I love McCormick spices … thank you for this! My niece is allergic to gluten and I have not used the spices because I did not know if they had gluten in them or not .. I’m new at the gluten-free and they only visit every few months. Thank you for assuring me I can still spice up the food! My sister will be very happy to hear this as well. Oh, can you make the Montreal Chicken in the big containers like the Montreal Steak? That would be helpful, too! grin.

by Raggedyann, Posted October 23, 2013 at 1:17 am

What about McCormick Garlic Powder? I noticed it is imported from China.

What guarantee can you give that it is indeed Gluten free and manufactured to your standards? There are no warnings on the label, but I have to wonder since it is a Chinese product.

by Elisabeth, Posted November 29, 2013 at 8:09 pm

I would like to know the answer about garlic powder also.

by Kimberly George, Posted March 28, 2014 at 2:12 am

I bought about 8 types of McCormick Powder and seeds they are

Alphabetical order

1 – Anise Seed


3 – GROUND Coriander Seed Powder

4 – Cumin Seed

5 – Fennel Seed

6 – GROUND Ginger

7 – GROUND Nutmeg

and I just want to know if any of these contain Gluten or not cause I have celiac disease.

After you read this message please delete it cause I don’t want it to get published on the search bar.

Thank you.

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by Cheese Products, Posted April 27, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Every Club house item I have ever had has made me sick.

by julie martinez, Posted May 19, 2014 at 1:03 pm

I called to inquire about a product sold to me called "Season All seasoned salt" I threw up all night after eathing it on my vegatables. . I was informed by the guy that answered the phone that they had sold that brand to another company and thus were not responsible for it making me sick. It contains Maltodextrin. so I am taking the bottle to a lawyer and we will see about that, I threw up so hard I ruptured a blood vessel. What a brillant young man you have working for you!

by Dan Dunagan, Posted June 30, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Are the following spices gluten free:

Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Lemon Pepper, Italian Seasoning, Basis Leaves? Please let me know. My daughter has been gluten free for 3 weeks now and is doing well.

by Kathy Martino, Posted July 31, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Correction, Basil Leaves. Thank you. Also its 9:43 am my time in New Orleans LA

by Kathy Martino, Posted July 31, 2014 at 2:43 pm

I was wondering about "Sulfiting Agents" In the Montreal Chicken Seasoning. Is it Gluten free? What is is? Thanks!

by Nita, Posted September 2, 2014 at 1:56 am

If they \"run the blends that contain gluten on the same lines as their other products,\" they are not gluten free enough for someone who has medical issues with gluten (e.g., celiac).

by Danette Bishop, Posted December 23, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Husband is highly sensitive to a lot of preservatives. We avoid as many as we can. Do all your products contain sulfites? A preserving agent.

by Linda Laird, Posted February 23, 2015 at 7:54 pm

Does the natural flavor in the Bruschetta sweet basil and oregano seasoning contain any MSG?

by Kathy Miller Parrish, Posted February 25, 2015 at 1:26 am

I was thrilled to find a ready-to-use chili seasoning and I loved the flavor, however I have celiac disease and there is obviously a high gluten content in this seasoning because I got pretty sick-obviously glutened. A few days later my DH broke out all over my chest. I would advise any person with a gluten allergy or celiac disease to NOT try this product.

by Jessi L, Posted March 2, 2015 at 2:07 am

This was useful BUT
Please just put the gf logo on the bottles instead of saying you want us to read your labels further. As a celiac mom, I’m gearing up to read labels enough as it is. I wish all foods could make it clear. Tbh I almost dumped all of my mccormicks out because of the word "spices"

by Michii, Posted July 8, 2015 at 3:37 pm

is it true you dont label gluten free cause the government says you have to make it in a gluten free enviorment and yours is not i think you need to stop misleading people thank you

by scott, Posted July 14, 2015 at 4:55 pm

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