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Where are the recalls FDA??

WHERE
ARE THE RECALLS FDA???

ALL FOUR PRODUCTS ARE LABELED GLUTEN-FREE

ALL FOUR PRODUCTS ARE IN VIOLATION OF FALCPA

THREE CONTAIN WHEAT FLOUR

ONE CONTAINS BARLEY

PRODUCT 1: THE WRONG OUTER PACKAGING WAS USED; CHOWDER CONTAINS WHEAT FLOUR; WHEAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE INGREDIENTS LIST OR CONTAINS STATEMENT

PRODUCT 2: PACKAGING CONTAINS WHEAT PASTA; LABELED “GLUTEN-FREE (WITHOUT PASTA)”; WHEAT ISN’T DECLARED IN THE INGREDIENTS LIST OR SEPARATE CONTAINS STATEMENT (LISTED AS DURUM SEMOLINA FLOUR)

PRODUCT 3: WHEAT FLOUR IS INCLUDED IN THE INGREDIENTS LIST; WHEAT ISN’T […]

Restaurants: Stop Using Wheat-Based Soy Sauce in Gluten-Free Meals

If you come across a restaurant using wheat-based soy sauce in a meal marked gluten-free, please share the information below with the manager. A pdf of the letter is available here.

Dear restaurant manager,

It has come to our attention
that your restaurant is using certain sauces, including shoyu soy sauce and
representing these sauces as gluten-free to your patrons. Under the FDA’s
gluten-free labeling rule, wheat-based soy sauces and sauces
containing wheat-based soy sauce as an ingredient may NOT
be labeled gluten-free. According to the FDA, “If a soy sauce is made from
wheat […]

Reclaim Gluten-Free: Help Stop the Misuse of the Term Gluten-Free by Restaurants

The
term gluten-free has a regulatory definition. This definition was created
because of celiac disease. Only those restaurants that are able to provide
appropriate meals for folks with celiac disease should use it.

What the FDA says about gluten-free claims and restaurants: “If restaurants or other retail food establishments wish to make “gluten-free” claims (or the synonymous claims “no gluten” “free of gluten” or “without gluten”) for any of their menu items, these foods should meet all of the requirements FDA has established […]

Call to Action to Stop Facial Misbranding of Gluten-Free Foods: Contact HHS Secretary Alex Azar

As we usher in 2020, facial misbranding of gluten-free foods continues to be a problem. Just this weekend, Gluten Free Watchdog filed three formal reports with FDA via CAERS for products labeled gluten-free but listing germinated barley seed powder, durum semolina flour, or enriched wheat flour in the ingredients.

While we have been advised by FDA that progress is being made, there continues to be lax enforcement of the gluten-free labeling rule and manufacturers continue to misuse the gluten-free labeling […]

What Does 10 mg of Gluten Look Like?

10 milligrams of gluten per day is generally considered by experts to be a safe amount for individuals with celiac disease. But what does this look like in terms of bread crumbs?

Regular white wheat bread has been reported to contain 12,400 milligrams of gluten per 100 grams (or 124,000 parts per million of gluten). Assuming this is accurate, a one-ounce slice of regular bread would contain 3,515 milligrams of gluten.

Based on this assumption and using a nonscientific scale: […]

Gluten Free Watchdog comment on the recent gluten cross contact study “Preparation of Gluten-Free Foods Alongside Gluten-Containing Food May Not Always Be as Risky for Celiac Patients as Diet Guides Suggest”

The study, “Preparation of Gluten-Free Foods Alongside
Gluten-Containing Food May Not Always Be as Risky for Celiac Patients as Diet
Guides Suggest” was recently published online by the journal Gastroenterology.  It is available in full at https://www.gastrojournal.org/article/S0016-5085(19)41340-1/pdf.

Personal note:
I have been out of the country and a little late to the party in terms of
commenting on this study. Thank you to everyone who reached out over the past
week for your patience. A comment from Adrian Rogers, Senior Research Scientist
at Romer Labs is […]

Gluten and Cross-Reactivity

For the past several
years there have been rumblings in the celiac disease community about gluten
and foods that are “cross-reactive”. These foods supposedly include coffee,
dairy, yeast, corn, millet, and rice. 

Where does this information come from?  The information comes from a study published in 2013 and co-authored by the Chief Scientific Advisor at Cyrex Laboratories. We’re not going to get into the weeds in this brief post but the full article entitled Cross-Reaction between Gliadin and Different Food and Tissue […]

When a regulatory agency (USDA) actually enforces the gluten-free labeling rule and recalls a product containing wheat-based soy sauce

On August 30, 2019, the United States Department of
Agriculture announced the recall of Heatherfield
Foods Inc. pork sausage products due to misbranding. The sausage is labeled
gluten-free yet contains wheat. https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2019/recall-088-2019-release?permalink=35A47FAFA869093A250D7843C3A55B6D5ADD2BFB5919576B6453B59930E6CE26

Why is this
recall particularly significant?

It took
place because of a consumer complaint received by USDA.Based on
consumer photographs sent to Gluten Free Watchdog, the source of wheat in the
sausage is soy sauce.USDA
doesn’t have an agency defined gluten-free labeling rule. Instead
they require manufacturers under their labeling jurisdiction to adhere to the gluten-free
labeling rule […]

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