Not just any whole grain oat gets chosen to be in Libre Naturals’ products. We've chosen MGM Seed and Grain as our supplier. They're located on the nutrient rich Canadian prairies and control all aspects of oat production to ensure that the oats are not cross contaminated with the gluten containing grains of wheat, barley, rye and their relatives. This rigorously controlled process is called "The Purity Protocol". While we don't normally disclose the names of our suppliers, in this case we do so that you can see for yourself the difference the Purity Protocol makes for gluten free oats. Watch the video from MGM that walks you through every step of the Purity Protocol that they follow.
MGM has also banned the use of the chemical glyphosate for all of their growers and those growers must sign agreements adhering to this ban.
Once we get the oats from MGM, our Quality Assurance team then takes over. As of December 2012, we began testing our oats and random finished products for G12 in addition to gluten levels. The G12 test is based on science that says some Celiacs react to pure oats not because of gluten grains contamination but because certain varieties of pure oats are not suitable for a small percentage of Celiacs. Scientists were able to isolate the portion of the oat DNA chain that caused this reaction which they named G12. So we now also test for G12, eliminating those varieties of oats that are known to cause reactions for some Celiacs.
Once cleared by our Quality Assurance team, they are now ready to be used in our dedicated gluten free and allergy friendly facility.