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How to Read a Label for Wheat Allergy
Wheat Allergy Avoidance List
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Effective January 1, 2006, foods covered by the FDA labeling laws that contain wheat must be labeled in plain English to declare that it “contains wheat.” However, there are many foods and products that are not covered by FDA allergen labeling laws, so it is still important to know how to read a label for wheat ingredients.
Products exempt from plain English labeling rules: foods that are not regulated by the FDA, cosmetics and personal care products, prescription and over‐the‐counter medications or supplements, pet food, toys and crafts.
The following ingredients found on a label indicate the presence of wheat protein. All labels should be read carefully before consuming a product, even if it has been used safely in the past.
|All purpose flour
Bread (any type made with white flour, wheat flour), bread crumbsBread flour
Crackers, cracker meal
|Types of wheat (common and botanical names):
Club wheat (Triticum compactum Host.)Triticum: Triticum aestivum L., Triticum durum Desf., Triticum compactum Host., Triticum spelta L., Triticum durum Desf., Triticum monococcum L. subsp. monococcum, Triticum turgidum L. subsp. dicoccon (Schrank) Thell., Triticum polonicum L., and x Triticosecale ssp. Wittm.
Common wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)
Durum wheat (Triticum durum Desf.)
Einkorn (Triticum monococcum L. subsp. monococcum)
Emmer (Triticum turgidum L. subsp. dicoccon (Schrank) Thell.)
Kamut (Triticum polonicum L.)
Semolina (Triticum durum Desf.)
Spelt (Triticum spelta L.)
Triticale ( x Triticosecale ssp. Wittm.)
High gluten flour |
High protein flour
Malt, malt extract
Matzo, Matzoh, Matzah, Matza, matsa, matso, Matzo meal, Matzoh meal, Matzah meal, Matza meal ,matsa meal, matso meal, matsah meal or matsoh mealNoodles
Soft wheat flour
| Steel ground flour
Stone ground flour
Wheat, wheat berries, wheat bran, wheat flour, wheat germ, wheat gluten, wheat grass, wheat malt, wheat starch, wheat sprouts
Whole wheat berries
Whole wheat bread
Whole wheat flour
May Contain Wheat:
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
Modified food starch*
Monosodium glutamate, MSG
Textured vegetable protein
**Wheat-free and gluten-free oats can be found from special suppliers.
Wheat Free Recipes from Safe Eats™The following free recipes are available for you to preview the quality of our Safe Eats™ Recipes for the avoidance of wheat. To access all of our great allergen-free recipes, sign up for a Family Membership.
All Purpose Rice Flour Mix
Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Baked Party Chicken Bites
Chicken or Tuna Noodle Casserole
Gluten Free Berry Cake
Approved by KFA's Medical Advisory Team February 2007. Revised July 2007 and October 2009.