January 10, 2011 — Subway is testing two new gluten-free menu items: a gluten-free roll and a gluten-free brownie, according to this post at the fast food restaurant site QSRWeb.com.
The fast food chain will conduct the trial starting today at stores in Dallas and Tyler, Tex. The baked goods will arrive pre-packaged and individually wrapped, and workers will be trained on how to cut them using a pre-wrapped knife to avoid cross contamination.
On the surface, this could be good news for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance, since options for gluten-free meals in fast food restaurants, while growing, are still pretty limited.
But it also could be a nightmare of cross contamination — I used to eat in Subway frequently pre-diagnosis, and all the sandwich ingredients, plus the preparation area, usually were covered in bread crumbs.
I honestly don't see how they could make a safe gluten-free sandwich at Subway without getting all fresh ingredients from the back (and even then I'd be wary). But I applaud them for trying, and I truly hope they come up with a way to handle it that will work.