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Are McCormick Spices Gluten Free?

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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".
Tammy

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

THANK YOU!

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

WELCOME! :)

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

2 – GROUND DECORITICATED Cardamom Powder

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

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