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Warning: Lipton Onion Soup Mix

As I have mentioned many times in the past, it is imperative to diligently check labels on every product you buy. It doesn’t matter if you have been buying this product for the last 10 years and it has been gluten-free that whole time. The fact of the matter is that ingredients change. Manufacturer’s change suppliers or formulations to make their products better and inadvertently make a gluten-free product no longer gluten-free.

Case in point – Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix. This product has been gluten-free for at least the past 4.5+ years, but as Tiffany Janes mentions here, they have reformulated the product and it now contains barley. The barley is clearly marked on the package, so just be sure to check the label. As Tiffany mentions, there may still be old products out there that are gluten-free, just be cautious. If you are now left in a bind, check out this copycat recipe that you can make at home.

I know that I have been lax on more than one occasion when I have been in a hurry. I do always check when opening a product, but not always when I purchase it. So far I have been lucky and haven’t had to make any return trips back to the grocery store.

32 comments to Warning: Lipton Onion Soup Mix

  • I saw that Amy at Gluten-Free Living did some additional research into the change of ingredients.… With the content of gluten being well below the recommended 20ppm, many people who are gluten free may feel comfortable still using the mix.

  • I had a similar experience last week at the grocery store. I think some of Progresso soups that used to be marked gf are not anymore. In particular, Traditional Chicken and Wild Rice. I'm pretty sure that it used to be gf, but isn't marked on the label. I wasn't sure, so I bought Garden Vegetable instead which is clearly marked gf. I'm going to do some research and hopefully post info later this week.

  • Julie Garmon

    Shoot. :-( I hadn't heard this. Thanks for letting us know.

  • Heather, Thank you for sharing that information.

    Lisa, I had the same issue with that soup! They do have another chicken rice with vegetables that is clearly marked GF. Hmmm….

  • Hillary

    I noticed this the other day and couldn't believe it. I use onion soup mix to make my shepherd's pie all the time. Darn!

  • Kim

    Hillary – You can always try making from scratch using the copycat recipe.


  • Gail

    I've been reacting as if I'd had gluten for the past two days. I had made a recipe using lipton onion soup, so I googled and found this site. Sure enough, when I read the VERY SMALL list of ingredients, there was BARLEY. Mystery solved – now I pay the price for not being vigilant for the next couple of days…

  • What's the COPY CAT RECIPE? I am new to this! Thanks

  • Still learning and really missing the Liptons Onion soup mix!

  • Jeff

    I want to make a gluten free dish for someone – I read the label for lipton onion soup and know I can't use it – a "Store" label {Ralph's grocery southern california} has a powdered onion soup that says GLUTEN FREE but it also says it has maltodextrin in it. Is it safe? I am new at this and just want to cok something for someone else. If possible please advise.

  • harriet glazer

    Liptons great product has now excludes my family from eating it…Onion soup…we used it all the time..why add the barley? you should have left it alone.

    • I agree…why mess with something like this?

    • acoupongirlinfl

      I am more than a little perturbed that these companies care little about those of us who are GF and how their products affect our lives. I checked Knorr also and they too are not GF, in fact, on their website in the Q&A section, their uncaring attitude under the GF question was almost downright offensive.

  • Mary Thaman

    I am concerned about MSG in Lipton and Knorr soup mixes. Why does Litpon/Knorr contnue including MSG when most companies are phasing it out?

    • Lisa

      Yes, MSG is a HUGE problem. other companies are not phasing it out, they're just switching to alternatives like yeast extract and other similar things that are just masked MSG. Make your own, things in packets are almost always fake and have flavor enhancers that not only make you want to eat more, but do affect your health.

  • Toonie

    Wish I had found this two days ago. I feel rotten. I cooked my pot roast in two packets of the stuff. Started with a headache the next day, and full on reaction today. I guess I don't have the flu after all.

    • Catherine Urbon

      I know that this is a late reply… I work very hard to not eat anything that has msg… My husband accidently put the lipton onion soup mix in a beef stew that I made from all fresh ingredients… I am afraid to eat it…. I think I will just throw it away…. It was really getting good… I am so disappointed,. Why does Lipton make this product is is made of just chemicals,…

  • Edward

    Had no idea until my wife was shopping and checked the ingredients. I had been using it for years in my meatloaf. Aaaaaargh.

  • Kibo

    Does anyone know of a GF onion soup mix or how to make one? I would like to start using this again. It would be nice if the companies would realize what they do when they add stuff into items that we can't have.

  • Mary S

    You might want to check the store brand. I did and there wasn't any barley or anything else containing gluten in it.

  • Kristin

    You may want to check out about this one. Apparantly the recipe hasn’t changed but rather they just decided to list that. Since it falls below the 20ppm it is still technically gf. I guess each person has to decide whether they feel comfortable with that but I thought this was interesting because it made me wonder how many other products I think are entirely gf are in fact just not specifying tiny amounts of potential gluten.

  • Marilyn

    I have had celiac for sixty five years… The best way to avoid getting ill is to buy ALL GF labeled foods. It costs more money in the long run, but at least you won't get sick. Most supermarkets have a health food section with GF products.

  • Carron Waller

    To thicken my GF mushroom soup and GF chicken soup, I use instant potatoes/ Tastes great.

  • Betty Meyers

    I just started recently cooking gluten free because my daughter has a sensitivity to gluten. Thickening seems to be the hardest part for me. I also found instant potatoes work great as a thickener in some soups. In some instances you can use a little cream and "cook it down". I tried the gluten free onion soup mix recipe and it works great. I made a big batch in a large jar with a screw on lid, labeled it on one side and listed the ingredients on the other, and gave it to my daughter.

  • Sue

    I'm just starting a gf diet trying to figure out what is causing me to wake up with a red face and neck occasionally. My face will itch and my cheeks get puffy near my nose. I've been eating gluten free only for 2weeks and my husband made a roast for dinner last night and put 1 pkg of Lipton Onion Soup in it and bingo, I woke up with a red face so in researching the soup mix I found this site. Does anyone have this kind of reaction from gluten?

  • Thanks for posting this. I see no comments here but I’m desperate for more help & suggestions also, as I’ve found myself seriously sensitive to gluten. Wondering if u might also have a severe sensitivity to onions? I’ve heard of someone else describing similar symptoms after eating even small amts of onion. Add gluten sensitivity to that & yikes!

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