Thu, Jun 23, 2022 9:58 AM

What allergens do Oatly products contain?

When it comes to allergens, one thing is always for sure: all our products are dairy and soy free. But what about the rest? 


First, look at the back of the carton you just purchased and presumably put in your fridge (or in the freezer, or perhaps the pantry, right next to the unopened apple jam jar). Where is it produced? 


If it is produced in US, it is safe for those who are allergic to the top 8 allergens. If it is produced in EU, we follow the rule of 14 major (EU) allergens: if the product contains one of those, it is highlighted in the ingredients list. Simple as that.


When it comes to gluten, it also depends on where you live. In the US, our products are made from certified gluten-free oats and (consequently) labelled as gluten-free. In Europa and Asia, however, our products are made with so-called “low gluten” oats, meaning they contain less than 100ppm (mg/kg product) — and even though that’s a very small amount, they cannot, of course, be classified as completely gluten-free.


Nuts, then? Well, we don’t use nuts as an ingredient in any of our factories other than in the production facility where our ice-cream is produced (an obvious thing since it's where our Salty Caramel Hazelnut is produced), and we have strict procedures in place with our suppliers to minimize the risk of nuts being present in any of our other products. In other words, our products are nut-free, unless they are called “Hazelnut-something.”


If you are looking for more specific information, please write us a note and we’ll get back to you. 

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16 d ago

As a person with celiac disease, who really wants to try your products, is there any chance you will move toward a gluten free production in Europe as well? 

The Norwegian celiac association has done testing on some of your products, and found the ppm value to be low enough to be classified as gluten free (<20ppm), thus I have started using these products. 


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Hi Andrine! 


You're absolutely right in that our products are very low in gluten. Whether people with celiac disease are able to consume them or not is thereby very individual, and dependent on how sensitive you are. But it's great to hear that they work for you! 


When it comes to entirely gluten free options in Europe, the market is not there just yet. Gluten free oats are still much more expensive than the oats we use today, and also require a very special and controlled environment which we currently don't have in place in our facilities. In addition, a switch to gluten free oats would greatly affect the price of our products and since they are already more expensive than dairy based options we decided that making our products affordable to more people is currently of higher priority. That said, we do of course hope that oats will become a more major crop as that would decrease the price of the raw material and make it possible for us to consider gluten free products in Europe too. 



Inez at Oatly 


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2 d ago

Hello. Does your labelling (in the UK) also account for a “May contain” risk?