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How to Read a Label for Wheat Allergy

October 2009

Wheat Allergy Avoidance List
Hidden ingredient names for wheat protein

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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.

Contain Wheat:

All purpose flour
Bread (any type made with white flour, wheat flour), bread crumbs
Bread flour
Bromated flour
Cake flour
Cereal extract
Crackers, cracker meal
Durum flour
Enriched flour
Graham flour
Types of wheat (common and botanical names):

Club wheat (Triticum compactum Host.)
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.)

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.
High gluten flour
High protein flour
Instant 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 meal
Pastry flour
Phosphated flour
Plain flour
Self-rising flour
Soft wheat flour
Steel ground flour
Stone ground flour
Unbleached flour
Vital gluten
Wheat is found in many baked products
Wheat, wheat berries, wheat bran, wheat flour, wheat germ, wheat gluten, wheat grass, wheat malt, wheat starch, wheat sprouts
White flour
Whole wheat berries
Whole wheat bread
Whole wheat flour

May Contain Wheat:

Artificial flavoring, natural flavoring
Caramel color
Food starch*
Gelatinized starch*
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
Modified food starch*
Monosodium glutamate, MSG
Oats** (may be contaminated with wheat due to agricultural cultivation practices)
*Unless otherwise stated on the food label, the single word "starch" in an ingredient list means corn starch.
See: Starches: Common or Usual Names (FDA)

Soy Sauce
Teriyaki Sauce
Textured vegetable protein
Vegetable gum
Vegetable starch*

**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

Wacky Cake

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Baked Party Chicken Bites

Chicken or Tuna Noodle Casserole

Gluten Free Berry Cake
Gluten Free Berry Cake

Approved by KFA's Medical Advisory Team February 2007. Revised July 2007 and October 2009.

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