Heartfelt thanks to a dear friend for today’s post… while shopping for Gluten Free Pasta ‘fixins’, she noted that Contadina tomato paste with Italian seasonings actually said it contained wheat gluten right on the label. (Usually Gluten is ‘hidden’ among the ingredients listed.) She visited the Contadina website and sent them an email. Their reply was wonderful news for me and all in our Gluten Free community!

Here is what they said:

We are happy to tell you that Contadina Pizza Sauce is gluten-free. In fact, all Contadina Tomato and Tomato products are gluten-free EXCEPT Contadina Tomato Paste with Italian Seasonings. Also, Contadina Bread Crumbs contain gluten.

This may change or not be complete due to formula changes or new product introductions. Please read the ingredient statement on the label for the most current information.

Thanks again for contacting us. If we can be of more help, please call us at 1-888-668-2847, Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Time, or visit our website anytime at www.contadina.com.

Krista, Del Monte Consumer Affairs

Del Monte. Nourishing families. Enriching lives

I am encouraged by their labeling and hope other companies will take note and move toward complete disclosure in their own labeling. We must remain vigilant in reading labels, but it sounds like Del Monte will be noting Gluten on their Contadina labels should they make changes to their formulas in the future.

I look forward to pairing Contadina’s Gluten Free products with Schär Gluten Free pastas. I understand that they are developed and produced such that they remain “al dente” when cooked. If I can find a Gluten Free Italian Sausage, I will be all set to enjoy my family favorite homemade lasagna again.

You will find a complete listing of their products on the Schär website, including a section on “everyday solutions to Gluten Free living”. www.schaer.com Be sure to click on the US Version link in the upper right-hand section of their home page for the latest US news. It is noteworthy to mention that this company has been a leading expert in Gluten Free foods for 25 years.

Please continue to share your Gluten Free living insights and observations. We are all grateful!!!