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While at the Gluten Free in Fresno Support Group meeting at Whole Foods on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, I heard from a couple of members that they assumed Rice Dream milk is gluten free because it said so on the label. At that time I believed it not to be safe for celiacs, as they use a barley enzyme in their manufacturing process. And though they said it was processed out, anyone with a gluten intolerance may be afraid to risk it. At that time there was no testing done on the product, or at least it wasn’t publicized.
A few years back Rice Dream was not labeled gluten-free, but is now.
At the time of this writing, February 2011, when you visited their website’s Non-Dairy Beverages under Products FAQ you’d find that Rice Dream Rice Milk is gluten-free, it states that it is gluten-free. See their statement below:
“Is RICE DREAM Beverage a gluten free product?
Yes. Although RICE DREAM Beverage is processed using a barley enzyme, the barley enzyme is discarded after use. The final beverage might contain a minute residual amount (less than .002%) of barley protein.”
The gluten-free labeling laws that will go into effect in 2012, which many manufacturers are already following, allowing under 20ppm gluten. That is 20 parts gluten in 1 million parts of a product, a 20 to 1,000,000 ratio. Since there are less than 20ppm of barley in Rice Dream they may label it gluten-free.
If you did a search online you would find stories where celiac patients became ill after drinking Rice Dream. Celiac.com is just one example. There someone states that they contacted the company to find that their processing has not changed at all. I know better now, sometimes people react to other ingredients or foods they have consumed. You cannot always assume you’ve been glutened.
Rice Dream’s non-dairy desserts that are marked gluten-free include: (pints/quarts): Vanilla, Strawberry, Cocoa Marble Fudge, Orange Vanilla Swirl, Carob Almond, Neapolitan. However, I would assume they use the same rice milk to make these desserts.
Rice Dream’s non-dairy desserts that are marked gluten-free include: (pints/quarts): Vanilla, Strawberry, Cocoa Marble Fudge, Orange Vanilla Swirl,Carob Almond, Neapolitan. However, I would assume they use the same rice milk to make these desserts.
UPDATE Sept. 18, 2012: Hain Celestial, manufacturer of Rice Dream products, now has their products certified gluten-free by GFCO (Gluten Free Certification Organization). See their Gluten Free Guarantee on their Rice Dream, Soy Dream, Almond Dream and Chocolate Dream products. This includes their dairy-free milks, ice cream, and dairy-free chocolate, etc.
To learn more about the scientific facts on Hain Celestial gluten testing visit the Gluten Dietitian’s Blog article on Barley Enzymes in Gluten Free Products.
See Rice Dream’s gluten-free list.
To learn more about the labeling laws, visit Gluten-free Labeling Laws – Are you safe?