Today’s post comes more as a Public Service Announcement reminding us that while gluten free labeling, news, and awareness has come a long way, we still need to show caution going forward.  Way back in 2009 (do you believe this blog has been around that long–I cannot!), we posted the good news about all the ‘retro’ candy available from Ferrara Pan as being gluten free: http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=233.   Fireballs, Lemonheads, small Jawbreakers–all gluten free!  Great news!  I recently wanted to get an update from them, as we were checking a label on some candy, and did not see GF posted.  I sent a letter to the company when I could not find anything on their website.  This is the response I received:

Dear ———-:

Thank you for writing Ferrara Candy Company regarding our candy.  Hearing from our consumers better enables us to continue to provide quality products and services.  Consumer feedback is very important to us, and we appreciate the opportunity to respond.

Due to constant changes in manufacturing and packaging, Ferrara Candy Company is not able to offer a list of gluten free items.  Please refer to the packaging, as the packaging contains the most current ingredient and allergen statements.  Packaging is updated anytime a change is made to the production location of any item.  Ferrara Candy Company maintains several manufacturing and packaging facilities.

Thank you for contacting Ferrara Candy Company with your request for information on our allergens.


Mallory Gold
Consumer Relations


Terrible news or not?  I guess this is just an example of a corporation playing it safe.  A little sad, as they did a great job in notifying us via their website.  I truly hope that other companies do not take this easy way out to avoid potential litigation and other issues down the road.

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