Our Rice Mice Cookies are baked in a bakery which uses only gluten-free grains. We base our products on organic rice and oat. Not only is our factory completely free from gluten, but also from milk and lactose, peanuts and tree-nuts, soy, sesame and lupin. This is unique in Europe.
Food Allergies – awareness increasing
There is an increased awareness of the effects of food allergens. In some people the effects may cause mild to more serious discomfort, but for other people the effects can even be life-threatening. Food allergens typically affect skin, digestive track or respiratory system. Symptoms can be a rash, eczema, diarrhoea, cramps or other discomforts like headache. Respiratory problems can include swelling of the tongue and throat, or in bad cases, asphyxiation. The effects can appear almost immediately or take up to three days to show, making it very difficult to track the culprit food substance.
Food allergies are also not always recognized or diagnosed correctly, but even when diagnosed, life with food allergies can be very complicated. The prevalence of food allergies and the trend of its increase amongst the general population, especially children, has fortunately not gone unnoticed by the authorities. It has led to improved legislation in the EU and strict requirements for the labelling of products produced and sold in Europe.
Here is the list of 14 food allergens:
- Nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios, macadamia nuts and Queensland nuts)
- Cereals containing gluten (including wheat, rye, barley and oats)
- Sesame seeds
- Crustaceans (including prawns, crab and lobster)
- Molluscs (including squid, mussels, cockles, whelks and snails)
- Sulphur dioxide/sulphites (level max 10mg/kg)
We know from own experience how extremely important it is, to avoid allergens in foods. All our products are produced with special recipes containing none of the allergens recognized in the EU.
Our experience has also shown that it is best to keep the recipes as simple and pure as possible. We use as few as possible ingredients and we require these to be natural, in fact almost all ingredients we use are certified organic. You will not find highly-processed or unnatural ingredients like taste enhancers, alternative sweeteners or colourants in our products.
Our production sites
In some instances we cannot avoid having some allergens on site where our products are manufactured. Unfortunately, a 100% allergen-free production environment and complete food chain is not feasible. However, in our opinion some allergens can cause more problems than others. Peanuts are the leading cause of severe food allergic reactions, followed by shellfish, fish, tree nuts and eggs. (Source: Food Allergy Network). Since peanuts can cause a severe allergic reaction from even the smallest quantities, we have no peanuts on any of our production sites. For coeliac sufferers we guarantee complete gluten-free production environments.