About Sesame Allergies

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About Sesame Allergies

Experts have estimated that sesame is becoming the 9th most common allergen behind dairy, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat and soy. Sesame seeds are available in three colors: white, brown and black. Sesame appears in foods as seeds, oil or paste and is used mainly in baking and concealed in other foods.

Sesame oil is used extensively in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries because it has many desirable properties: It is stable, neutral, non-irritating, not too viscous, and heat-resistant, and has non-sweating effects. There has been a report claiming that sesame oil is less antigenic than cottonseed or peanut oil. However, sesame oil is usually a crude oil, not highly refined, and therefore may contain significant amounts of sesame protein. It may therefore be a problem to those who are sensitive to sesame. Anaphylaxis has been described to both sesame seed and sesame oil.

Gerbs Roasted and/or seasoned lines are Made, Packaged, Processed, and Shipped in our facility in the historic PK Foundry building in Johnston, Rhode Island. We do not use any cooking oils, thus everything is dry roasted at low temperatures to lock in the natural vitamins, minerals, & omega fatty acids, because we feel baking in a pool of oil is just as unhealthy as frying! We maybe a small business located in the smallest state, but we THINK BIG – Gerbs is unique compared to any of our competition, in that we handle all aspects of operation – from purchasing, production, storage, and distribution/shipping on our 100% dedicated packaging equipment by our specially trained and caring staff.

Gerbs is All Natural


  • Non-GMO
  • Chemical Free
  • Preservative Free
  • Nothing Artificial
  • Nitrates/Nitrite Free
  • Trans-Fat Free
  • MSG Free

Recognized Allergens


Our entire product line is FREE from the Top 11 Recognized Allergen’s. We inspect, roast, package, store, and ship all our lines to ensure Gerbs are: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Legume Free (which includes beans, peas, lentils, chick peas, lupine), Soy Free, Egg Free, Sesame Free, Milk/Dairy Free, Fish Free, Crustacean Free, Shellfish Free, and Mustard Free.

Testimonial from Rebecca Lake

I think many commerically sold dried fruits are geneticaly modified and I have started to provide my family with an almost exclusive non-GMO diet. That said, these GERBS dried fruits are excellent and I make delicious trail mix with them and roasted almonds and cashews and very few chocolate chips. I also add them to my home-made Paleo granola.