Cross Contamination

In the home

As little as 50mg gluten (equivalent to 1/100th of a slice of standard wheat bread) can damage the small intestine of a person with coeliac disease. It is essential to avoid cross contamination with foods containing gluten to maintain a strict gluten free diet once diagnosed with coeliac disease.

Simple procedures for gluten free food preparation remove the risk of cross contamination:

  • Store gluten free products and ingredients in separate sealed containers, and clearly label all foods in the pantry, refrigerator and freezer once they have been removed from original packaging.
  • Separate butter and condiment containers may be necessary if you find that gluten containing crumbs are being left in the condiment.
  • Thoroughly clean bread boards, knives and other cooking utensils used in food preparation.
  • Ensure appliances such as toasters, sandwich makers and grills are clean before preparing gluten free foods.
  • Use separate water in a clean pot for cooking or re-heating gluten free pasta. Use a separate strainer for gluten free pasta or strain it first.
  • Do not dust meats or fish with flour prior to cooking.
  • Do not dust cake tins with gluten containing flour (including wheaten cornflour).
  • Icing sugar mixture commonly contains wheat. Keep this in mind when dusting cakes and slices. Gluten free icing sugar mixture is available.
  • Clean oil should ideally be used when deep frying. If sharing with the family, make sure the gluten free item is fried first and then the gluten containing items. 
View Cart|Member Login|National Site

Helpline: 1300 458 836

News & Stories Events  Shop Online Ask a Question  Contact Us

1300 458 836

Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

Coeliac Disease Eating Gluten Free Membership
Living with coeliac disease
Associated Conditions
Endorsement Logo
Member Discount Program
Catering Gluten Free
Cross Contamination
Eating Out

Individual Membership
Health Professional Membership
Preloaded imagePreloaded imagePreloaded imagePreloaded image