PacMoore's "Gluten-Free" plant in Mooresville, IN addresses growing consumer need
Hammond, IN (June 2008) — PacMoore officially announced that its plant in Mooresville, Indiana, is a 100% "Gluten-Free" facility. The Mooresville plant will meet the needs of major food manufacturers who produce gluten-free items such as cereals, breads, breadings, cakes, cookies, and brownie mixes for a growing market. These products require an environment where the potential for cross-contamination is not just controlled, but totally eliminated.
Since ordinary wheat flour contains approximately 12% gluten, even a tiny amount of flour can cross-contaminate gluten-free product. Therefore, considerable care must be taken to prevent cross-contamination — especially in high-volume, commercial food preparation.
Most food processing plants have to clean and sanitize their lines to prepare them for running gluten-free products. But the very presence of gluten in the plant always poses the risk of accidental cross-contamination.
"The gluten-free diet which requires guaranteed, properly labeled gluten-free products has become a necessity for hundreds of thousands of consumers", said Bill Moore, President of PacMoore. "Because we have two plants, we have been able to process all the products derived from wheat flour, rye or barley at our Hammond facility. This allows for a pure, 100% gluten-free environment at our Mooresville location."
*Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration classifies gluten as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and it is up to the manufacturers of "gluten-free" food items to guarantee such a claim. A final rule that defines the term "gluten-free" and the criteria that would enable the food industry to use it is scheduled to be released by the FDA on August 2nd, 2008.
Gluten proteins can be found in any food product or beverage derived from the most common grains: wheat, rye, barley, and oats. Gluten is also often used as a food additive in the form of flavoring or as a stabilizing or thickening agent. Unfortunately, glutens have a downside — they cause severe problems for people with "celiac disease", an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine that occurs in genetically predisposed people of all ages. Gluten proteins are found everywhere in our daily diet — bread, pasta, cereal, beer — which is precisely why clearly labeled "gluten-free" alternatives are such an important need. According to some estimates, celiac disease currently affects up to 1% of our country's population.
PacMoore is a growing, privately held food powder contract packaging and processing company, headquartered in Hammond, Indiana. The company provides flexible outsourcing solutions, custom-tailored to your product. Our two plants in Hammond, IN and Mooresville, IN offer the perfect blend of state-of-the-art equipment and unmatched industry expertise. For more information about our comprehensive range of services — please visit www.pacmoore.com