Since we produce traditional as well as gluten-free veggie pâté, we assure you that through our sanitation and thorough cleaning procedures we eliminate all traces of gluten before any gluten-free production. We have all the detailed records to prove that there is no cross-contamination. Moreover, all of our gluten-free production without exception is accurately tested to detect gluten at 10 ppm before leaving our factory and being sold. Health canada considers that to the extent that good manufacturing practices are adhered to, a claim suggesting that a food is gluten-free, while its gluten concentration from cross-contamination is no more than 20 ppm, would not pose a risk to people with celiac disease and would respect the spirit of section b.24.018 of the food and drug regulation. This position would be consistent with the availability of validated methods and their limitations described above, as well as with the international approach.
It is necessary to understand the difference between the words vegetarian and vegan, words that are too often confused. Vegetarians don’t consume animal products. Vegans are vegetarians, but the term “vegan” means people who adopt a lifestyle that excludes anything that may come from an animal, such as leather or wool clothing. Veganism or integral vegetarianism defines a way of life and not a qualifier for food without animal products. Therefore, a product cannot be described as “vegan” but simply “vegetarian”.