I heard this information the other day from a gluten free group I belong to. I know a lot of you eat Ghiradelli chocolate. I have always eaten their chocolate squares because they were on their gluten free list. They have now changed the way they produce their squares and other chocolate. I do eat foods that are run on the same line as gluten foods. It's impossible to avoid it. I do like to be informed though. I felt really safe with Ghiradelli previous to this because I knew they ran their squares and bars on safe lines. Now there is a chance for cross contamination. I just thought I would pass this on to people in case it's something that would be a concern.
Thank you for contacting Ghirardelli Chocolate. In June 2008, the
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company started production of a new milk chocolate
bar, Milk Chocolate Luxe with Crisps, which has a product containing
barley malt as an ingredient. As a result, the line on which our
chocolate bars and squares are produced, will now share a common line
with barley gluten (not wheat). The chocolate chips (60% Bittersweet,
Semi-Sweet, and Milk Chocolate) line and powder line (hot chocolates and
baking cocoas) will remain free of gluten ingredients.
Ghirardelli takes the following measures to reduce cross contamination
on our production lines: lines are cleaned between the changing from one
product to the next. The first two batches of any product made are
disposed of and not packaged.
Senior Consumer Affairs Coordinator
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
1111 – 139th Avenue
San Leandro, CA 94578