Trader Joe's Who?
Leadership WoesFor many years Trader Joe's have claimed to be at the forefront of gluten labeling. But we all know that's a joke because their labeling is the laughing stock of the gluten-free industry. Why? They have been labeling g+ products for years that albeit may have no gluten ingredients, but admit these products are strongly believed to have all sorts of cross contamination concerns and tell shoppers on a strict gluten free lifestyle to avoid them! Hmm, that's a mixed message, isn't it?! That makes no sense Trader Joe's team. In reality, this signifies that gluten-free food is being polluted with other gluten containing foods from either supplier, manufacturer or preparation, but their staff has been promoting is as a legitimate gluten-free product in the marketplace and Trader Joe's doesn't seem to care. The heart wrench is that those innocent people with Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance, wheat allergies, and a variety of lifestyles that find gluten to be damaging to their health have been lied to. This is a big deal and their lack of respect below could be interpreted that they don't care.
Inconsiderate Label ChangesExample: Trader Joe's management and staff have told me dozens of time that their dark chocolate gluten-free almonds were indeed gluten-free. Skeptical, a few years ago I did believe them until I got very ill! I stopped and was very glad to have the will power to find a safer product elsewhere. Now that the FDA has enforced an August, 2014 gluten-free guideline you can see that Trader Joe's has legally been forced to end their deliberately misleading g+ no gluten ingredient claims. See how these once g+ dark chocolate almonds now have a black marker crossing them off and their staff finally say to avoid them as a gluten-free consumer. This is a big deal and they show it with such disrespect. You'd think that Trader Joe's who claim to be at the forefront of the natural food and gluten-free labeling would know that our bodies are smarter than their false advertising.
- Trader Joe's new GF claims: Product that are labeled "gluten-free" abide by FDA
- What's next for Trader Joe's g+ label: It's being retired forever - Hallelujah!
- Will I Shop There: I purchase mostly produce and some meat and poultry.
- Recommendation: Shop elsewhere where you can trust and shop on the borders of grocery stores for perishable produce, meat, poultry and fish and look for certified GF products to trust.