Here at Huel, excellent nutrition and health are key, so we have listed some of the information that confirms this commitment to health and safety throughout all aspects of Huel.
For information on how our ingredients are produced please see our article How Do We Make Huel?.
All ingredient suppliers must go through a rigorous screening process before we approve the ingredients for use. This process includes:
We work with a number of co-packers to produce Huel products, and it’s important to us that our suppliers are able to meet the highest production standards so that Hueligans are delivered their products in perfect condition. All of our suppliers work to the highest food-industry-recognised standards and are BRC accredited; for more information on BRC see here. In order to gain accreditation to these standards, suppliers are independently audited annually to ensure that their production standards meet the necessary requirements. We ensure our suppliers have met these standards before we agree to produce any Huel products at any of the production sites.
In addition to this, we have our own internal quality team who work with our suppliers and we set our own product-specific processing standards that make sure Huel products are processed in a way that ensures their quality. We visit and audit all our sites frequently. All products have specific product-quality requirements and are assessed against these requirements throughout production. If we feel that any product does not meet these requirements, the product will not leave our supplier’s facility. Our quality team also taste all of our products weekly at the Huel head office to double-check products are meeting our quality requirements.
Whilst there are valid criticisms relating to the use of certain pesticides in the past, we at Huel agree with the responsible use of certain pesticides. As such, we take measures to check how and which pesticides are being used and if any residual presence can be found in Huel:
The heavy metals include arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury. The long-term ingestion of heavy metals has been shown to have harmful effects. As heavy metals are naturally found in the environment (e.g. in water, soil and the air) they can accumulate in foods. However, the levels of contamination may also be increased through human activities such as farming, ingredient and processing, and storage.
Numerous studies have been undertaken to identify safe consumption levels, and at Huel we work to recommended levels as outlined by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) where available; see here.
We periodically test products to identify heavy metal levels and to measure them against the recommended intake levels. We also visit our suppliers so that we can understand where our ingredients come from as part of our procurement procedure.
Some example results for the level of heavy metals in Huel products are here:
Huel Black Edition, Ready-to-drink and Bars are gluten-free. Regular Huel Powder v3.0 is not gluten-free, so are not suitable for coeliacs. However, we offer gluten-free versions of Huel Powder v3.0 that are made with gluten-free oats which means people who have coeliac disease or other gluten-related sensitivities are able to consume them. All gluten-free products are batch tested to ensure they are gluten-free which is classified as less than 20ppm.
Reports for the levels of gluten in Huel products can be found here:
All Huel Products are 100% vegan. We thoroughly assess our ingredients and the processes we use to make Huel Products and whenever we identify potential routes of allergen contamination we will first take steps to eliminate the possibility of any contamination of our product. However, where it is not possible to remove the risk we will clearly highlight any allergens that might be present on our product packaging in line with current UK and EU food safety guidelines. Please see our product pages and/or product packaging for product specific allergen advice.
When we assess allergen risk we work to the EU recognised allergens as follows:
However, we recognise that individuals can have allergies to any protein in any ingredient therefore if you have a specific allergy that is outside of the remit above, please contact us directly and we will do our best to guide you on which products are suitable.
*While oats themselves are gluten-free they often contain traces of wheat, rye and barley and are therefore not registered as gluten-free. While not all of our products are gluten-free we offer gluten-free versions all of which use oats that have been grown and processed in a gluten-free environment.
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