By Allergen Bureau

Melbourne pizzeria first to secure Coeliac Australia accreditation

Shop225 in Pascoe Vale, Victoria, is the first pizzeria in Australia accredited for its gluten free options by Coeliac Australia.

According to Coeliac Australia the pizzeria had to meet stringent requirements including laboratory testing, on-site auditing and staff training to become accredited by Coeliac Australia.

Pizza shops are traditionally a very high-risk area for those with coeliac disease due to the nature of pizza and pasta making, but Shop225 has implemented many processes to ensure that the risk of cross contact is minimised. The Shop225 kitchen is divided into zones. Wheat containing pizza and pasta dough are made in their own area and only rice flour is used to ‘dust’ the dough, further eliminating any issues from airborne flour. All the gluten free bases are placed on baking paper before cooking in the wood fired pizza oven so there is no contact with the floor of the oven. Gluten free product are also handled using different pizza paddle and cutting tools.

Coeliac Australia has developed a suite of resources to help food businesses prepare gluten free options that comply with national food regulations. Find out more about Coeliac Australia’s Gluten Free Accreditation Program and Gluten Free Online Training.

Header image credit of Shop225