Tea bags - glue? gluten-free? Taylors of Harrogate
I am following a Facebook thread where tea sometimes causes problems for coeliacs. Some herbal teas have barley in, but the writers were finding even tea with no named gluten-bearing product caused their usual symptoms. Someone said they had come across teabags which were glued with a glue which contained wheat. I wondered what was in the teabags I used - just curiosity, I have no problems with them so was pretty sure no wheat had got anywhere near them.
I wrote to Taylors of Harrogate and Twinings. Within a couple of hours Taylors had replied:
Many thanks for your enquiry, the teabag paper is not actually sealed with glue.
The teabag paper is made up in several layers. One side of the paper incorporates a very thin web of a meltable plastic (polypropylene).
Just to explain further polypropylene is a really commonly used plastic in the food industry, if you have any Tupperware at home the containers are made out of polyprop.