It is huge news when a major mainstream pretzel manufacturer announces a gluten-free pretzel and takes the necessary steps to prevent cross-contamination. Here are some details that were posted on April 1 on the Snyder's of Hanover Facebook page. Yes, this is real, not an April Fool's joke. Look for them in stores soon.
"Snyder’s of Hanover has been working with the Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO), a program of the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), since September 2009."
"Our Hanover, PA baking facility was originally inspected and approved for gluten sanitation on July 16, 2009. Guidelines of the GF certification subject our Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks to ongoing gluten testing using GFCO-approved testing methods to meet the minimum GFCO standard of less than 10 ppm gluten in finished product. We also will undergo random manufacturing inspections to uphold the integrity of our gluten free certification. This testing protocol was developed by GFCO and Snyder’s will fully comply with this industry leading standard in all aspects of production."
Thanks to Gluten-Free Philly for sharing this news!