Here at The Greater Knead, we believe in being transparent and open to our customers about how we make our products to ensure you are always able to EAT CONFIDENTLY. That is why we are including this informative page to help you understand how we ensure our products are allergen-free.
About our facility– do not use, hold, or store the top 8 allergens or any of their derivatives (wheat, soy, dairy, egg, peanut, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish) in our facility. Additionally we do not have sesame in our facility or products as we know that is a growing allergen (and hopefully will be recognized by the FDA at the 9th allergen soon)
About our testing: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently has no minimum thresholds for allergens, meaning if there is any chance an allergen is present in a product, it must be declared on the packaging. By FDA standards, that can include even having an allergenic and a non-allergenic product share the same warehouse. Any contact can lead to potential contamination.
At The Greater Knead, we take your allergies and your concerns seriously. We work hard to make sure the bagels and chips we bake are delicious AND safe for you and your affected friends and family. We routinely test for all of the top-8 allergens and follow strict lab guidelines to ensure it.
We send our products to external labs to undergo testing using ELISA Allergen Test Kits. These test kits take samples of our products and test for trace proteins of allergens. Clinical studies suggest a threshold for most allergens below 5 parts per million (also known as ppm) in foods are safe for consumption, but ELISA tests have only gotten more accurate as science makes advances in trace protein testing, and test well below that limit. An ELISA milk protein test can pick up even .05ppm, or .000005% of a product sample. If your average bag of bagels is 512g, that means that the milk protein being found is about .000000000000128g. That’s less than one crumb!
When those tests come back negative, that gives us the peace of mind that we want to share with you when you enjoy our bagels and chips. Know that when we say allergen-free, we mean it.
About potential allergens other than Top-8: While the Top-8 list was made to cover the most common allergies, we understand that an allergy to items not on that list could still exist and we want to help keep yourself and your family safe. We are always working on creating fun new products (along with helping other small allergen-free brands by manufacturing them in our facilities!), and as a result we may bring in ingredients you may not see listed in our bagels. Please feel free to call 267.522.8523 with any questions or concerns with any of the ingredients listed below:
- Canola Oil
- Legumes – Chick peas
- Oats/Oat Flour
- Baking Powder
- Sunflower Seeds
- Natural Enzymes
- Food Coloring
- Maple Syrup