As most of you have heard by now, Subway began testing out a gluten-free bun and brownie in Dallas-Fort Worth and Tyler/Longview, TX on January 10th. This development at Subway warranted an article on CNN Health where you can see photos of both the bun and the brownie.
According to celiac.com, the gluten-free rolls and brownies made by French Meadow Bakery will come prepackaged and individually wrapped. Sandwich Artists in those two markets will be trained on how to cut the roll with a pre-wrapped knife for one use only. Also, to further avoid cross-contamination, that same Sandwich Artist will prepare the order from beginning to end, ensuring a 100-percent gluten-free meal.
While this is a great development for the gluten-free community, one has to proceed with caution. In addition to using a pre-wrapped knife, each Sandwich Artist needs to change their gloves prior to making a sandwich. Even though they are taking precautions to make sure the other sandwich ingredients are not cross contaminated, it would be wise to avoid any condiments that are spread with a knife and stick to packets. There is also no information on the gluten-free status of the lunch meats or other items for sandwich preparation. One has to wonder if they worked with a certification organization to develop their gluten-free handling procedures.
Although there are no current plans to roll out the gluten-free products nationwide just yet, we who are not in Texas are very curious to hear the feedback on the gluten-free sandwiches and brownies. This Examiner rarely went to Subway for a sandwich in my gluten days, so for those of you who have missed Subway sandwiches since going on the gluten-free diet, please let us know what you think!
Author Information: Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta, GA
Jennifer D. Harris, http://www.jenniferglutenfreeingeorgia.blogspot.com
Gluten-Free Product Specialist, Return to Eden
Program Chair, Atlanta Metro CeliacsTwitter@jenniferGFinGA