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Domino’s: Gluten-Free Pizza Not Safe For People With Celiacs

Kristen Beals Gluten Free Works

(Editor’s Note: A follow up on Domino’s Pizza Offers Gluten-Free Pizza…Sort Of)

Domino's Pizza

5/8/2012 9:29 PM ET  (RTTNews) – Domino’s new gluten-free pizza should not be eaten by people with Celiac disease, the company said in a statement. Apparently, the first gluten-free pizza being offered by national pizza chain is designed for people with gluten sensitivity, as opposed to those with full-blown Celiac disease.

Despite the fact that the crust are gluten free, Domino’s can’t guarantee that no gluten will come into contact with the pizza, which could be dangerous for those with the gluten allergy.

“Domino’s and the NFCA found that while the crust is certified as gluten free, current store operations at Domino’s cannot guarantee that each handcrafted pizza will be completely free from gluten,” the company’s news release said.

Celiac disease is a digestive condition that causes the immune system to react to gluten (a protein found in wheat and some grains), causing damage to the small intestines and preventing absorption of essential nutrients. Symptoms vary from person to person, but may include nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, bloating, fatigue, constipation, and diarrhea.

People with gluten sensitivity, on the other hand, might experience similar symptoms as someone with celiac disease, but they are often less severe.

The gluten-free pizza became available Monday and costs $3 more than the normal pizza at Domino’s.

by RTT Staff Writer

Source: RTT News.


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  • Maria says:

    Domino’s was trying to capitalize on what they perceive to be a “trend”. They got caught. They would have never warned celiacs away if the cross-contamination had not been exposed.

  • Msry says:

    Domino’s has been very upfront about their “gluten free” pizza. I have gluten sensitivity & wanted to try it. Not only does it fully explain how they make it on their website, but when I called to order the pizza they also reinterated that they make the glutenn free pizza in the same area as the regular pizza.

  • Jason says:

    Domino’s should immediately stop advertising the pizza as Gluten free before someone gets sick! Spread the word, its not safe

  • Bud says:

    I stopped by the local Domino’s and they were ready to sell me a “gluten free” pizza without telling me that it was contaminated with wheat flour because they make them on the same counter as the regular pizzas. There was a lot of wheat flour spread all over the counter to keep the crusts from sticking to the counter.
    How can a company treat people like this? If I had not been wary and looked into the kitched they would have sold me one. I mentioned this problem to the counter person and she had a real attitude and stated “well, the crust is gluten free”.
    Domino’s obviously doesn’t care about it’s customers, just profit!

  • If we commend Domino’s for their efforts rather than vilify them, it might encourage other companies to put forth a little effort to accommodate special dietary needs. I would naturally assume that a pizzeria would have all kinds of wheat flour flying around and that my gluten-free pizza could not be completely uncontaminated by it. Many people who follow gluten-free diets can safely eat a pizza made from gluten-free flours but produced in a non-GF atmosphere. Anyone who is made seriously ill by even trace amounts of gluten would know that any food they consume must be produced in a dedicated gluten-free kitchen. I don’t think we can expect Domino’s to have a separate dedicated gluten-free kitchen.

  • GF Dude says:

    I will intentionally purchase pizza from dominos pizza for my non-gf family members because they tried – at least they tried.

  • Don says:

    Celiacs, and their families who are responsible for them, will come across people who believe it is just a lifestyle trendy choice. This sort of half baked gluten free offering re-enforces that notion we are often having to battle against.

    This is a non-gluten free product and needs to be specified differently. Other Pizza places can either make proper gluten free pizzas or rephrase it to make it obvious. We are dealing with people’s health here – the symptoms Domino’s advertised are the symptoms of DAMAGE being done to the celiac – symptoms of the lining of the small intestine being destroyed – it’s not just discomfort for an evening as they suggest.

    And you cannot rely on the casual staff to appropriately inform celiac’s of the undocumented dangers, especially as most won’t understand.

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