Dear Colleen, If ZEGO bars are free from the top allergens, why do you bother testing each batch for cross contact?

Like all allergy-friendly companies, we carefully source our ingredients, don’t bring common allergens into the manufacturing facility, and train our staff on allergy safety, but we don’t feel that is enough precaution.

The most likely place cross contact would happen for allergy-friendly companies is in the field and processing plant for your raw ingredients, before they ever get to your factory. For example, we’ve had pumpkin seeds delivered to us that had tested as being gluten free but we found spelt (wheat) sprinkled in with them, which most likely happened at harvest. This can happen because testing has to be done on random samples of ingredients, so some cross contact could be present but not detected. By adding in a final test at the end of the batch, we can find out if any cross contact slipped through the system regardless of our other precautions we take with sourcing, staff training or production.

Because we believe in 100% transparency, we provide you access to the reports through the QR code on each ZEGO package. We think every company should be testing and publishing the results as well.  If you agree, start contacting your favorite companies, and ask them to provide this level of transparency.

Here’s to your health,




Colleen Kavanagh is the founder and CEO of ZEGO. ZEGO is the first purity-transparent food company, making superfood products with traceable transparency designed to be safe for most all people to eat regardless of dietary restrictions like common allergies, intolerances or diabetes. ZEGO makes oats, muesli, protein powder, Mix-ins and nutrition bars. It is certified as a B Corp and as Women Owned.

 San Francisco, CA

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