Turmeric has been found to be helpful with some types of pain and inflammation. My doctor recommended a supplement that combines turmeric with fenugreek, because apparently this combination is better than turmeric alone.
She recommended Turmeric Forte, which is manufactured by Mediherb in Australia, but the only company who can sell it is Standard Process in the US. Trying to find information about gluten-status is… difficult.
I left two messages in December for a callback from QA, and no one called. I called again this month to try again. I got more info, but it wasn’t good info.
Is Turmeric Forte gluten-free?
Mediherb manufactures their capsules in a gluten-free facility, and they test every batch for the presence of gluten down to 5ppm, which is outstanding. That alone is very safe for me and nearly anyone with celiac.
But then those capsules are shipped in bulk to Standard Process, who then takes this nearly pristine gluten-free product, and bottles it on the same equipment that they use to bottle all their oat- and gluten-containing supplements.
But Standard Process tests their products for gluten, right?
They don’t test their bottled lots and they don’t test the equipment after cleaning to confirm the cleaning was effective.
When I spoke with their QA person, they had nothing to say. They seemed unconcerned that they could be adding gluten to a GF product.
Products like that aren’t for people like me.
But it blows my mind that I have always had such a hard time finding work while companies are totally okay with sloppy QA or sloppy IT. I don’t get it.