Grain-fed animal by-products (eggs, meat, etc.) do not have to be avoided for people on a gluten-free diet. Regardless of what an animal eats the meat from it is gluten-free.(Updated .)
I know meat is naturally gluten-free, but should I worry about cross-contamination from processed meats?
There’s always a question about additives in processed meats (e.g., lunch meats like turkey, chicken, roast beef, etc.). If meat was marinated in seasonings/spices containing wheat, then it’s contaminated. It’s easy to forget this when you order turkey at the deli counter. Purchase pre-sliced, packaged deli meats (read the ingredients) to avoid cross-contamination.(Updated .)
If I call ahead, my grocery store will clean the deli slicer before I make my order. Is this safe?
Typically, the safest way to purchase deli meats is to purchase pre-sliced packaged foods where you can read the ingredient label. However, there might be grocery stores with satisfactory procedures in place to protect consumers. Asking many questions to ensure safety is the best practice.(Updated .)