Spot a labeled gluten-free food that’s misbranded? Here’s what to do

The FDA has issued an interim response to Gluten Free Watchdog’s petition requesting that the agency establish a specific protocol for increased surveillance, investigation and enforcement of potential facial misbranding violations under the gluten-free labeling rule. The agency response reads in part, “…we have not reached a decision on your petition within the first 180 days due to competing priorities. However, be advised that your petition is currently under active evaluation by our staff.”

At Gluten Free Watchdog, Kaki and […]

Sourdough Wheat Bread is NOT Safe for Folks with Celiac Disease

Gluten Free Watchdog has tested three artisanal sourdough breads for gluten. We will not be testing any additional varieties. As the test results prove, wheat-based sourdough bread, including those made in small bakeries by artisanal bakers contains a lot of gluten and should not be eaten by anyone with a gluten related disorder. Full Stop.

Test results:

Product: Dan the Baker Country Sourdough Bread
Test date: April 2015
Why product was tested:  At the time of testing the bakery […]

Gluten in Drug Products Proposed Guidance: Please Comment

The comment period for this proposed guidance closes at 11:59 pm eastern time TODAY February 12, 2018.

This is the text of the email sent to Gluten Free Watchdog subscribers:

Dear Gluten Free Watchdog community,

As most of you know, FDA issued draft guidance for industry on gluten in drug products and associated labeling recommendations. The comment period closes on Monday, February 12 (yes, tomorrow!). Please see the comment pasted below that we just submitted to the docket. Please consider commenting and […]

17 Misbranded Products Discovered in Circulation in 2017: Supplement to FDA Citizen Petition to Stop Labeling Violations Under the Gluten-Free Labeling Rule

On Sunday January 14, Kaki and I submitted a supplement to our FDA citizen petition requesting that the FDA establish a specific protocol for increased surveillance, investigation and enforcement of potential facial misbranding violations under the gluten-free labeling rule.

The supplement has not yet posted to the docket so we are posting it here for your information. Please take the time to read this supplement paying particular attention to page 3 and the listing of 17 misbranded products discovered in […]

This is how children with celiac disease presented prior to the discovery of gluten as the culprit

To all companies and advertisement agencies planning to poke fun at people on a gluten-free diet during your Super Bowl ads: Take a very hard look at this photograph*. It is of a 2 year old child with celiac disease diagnosed BEFORE the discovery that gluten was the causative agent in this disease. Do you know what happened to these children? Many of them died. A gluten-free diet is a medical necessity for children and adults with celiac disease. […]

Gluten Detective: Consumer Test Kits for Detecting Gluten in Stool and Urine

Posted January 10, 2018

Note: Gluten Free Watchdog purchased the tests shown in the photo from Glutenostics. All conversations with Glutenostics have been “on the record.”

There are two new consumer tests for monitoring gluten intake on the market from Glutenostics—Gluten Detective stool test and Gluten Detective urine test. According to the manufacturer these tests can be used to monitor “major transgressions” related to gluten intake (urine test) and “total weekly gluten consumption” (stool test). What follows is information about […]

Urgent Product Warning for Jane Bakes Cookies

At least two varieties of the brand Jane Bakes cookies are labeled gluten-free yet list whole wheat flour as the first ingredient—Hazelnut & Chocolate and Coconut & Caramel. If you currently have any variety of labeled gluten-free cookies from this manufacturer in your pantry, please read the ingredients list carefully before eating.

A consumer first notified Gluten Free Watchdog about this product on December 26th. The cookies were a gift to the consumer. The person purchasing the cookies relied on […]

Gluten-Free Milk-Free White “Chocolate” Almond Butter Cups

Happy Holidays! I hope you are enjoying wonderfully delicious gluten-free food. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is the one time of year that I actually make time to bake and make candy (I have a very big sweet tooth). Yesterday, I made gluten-free and milk-free white “chocolate” almond butter cups. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the inspiration for this creation. Because I must eat gluten-free, egg-free and milk-free, I frequently jot down a recipe automatically including my own adaptations. […]

Gluten Free Watchdog Holiday Gift Subscriptions

Every holiday season we receive requests for gift subscriptions. We are offering six-month subscriptions to the Watchdog plan for $35. This allows subscribers access to new reports and 3 months of history. For a listing of products tested in the past 3 months, please see the “product report” page and look under the heading “recent reports.”

Gift subscriptions can be purchased by check or through PayPal. You will be sent a pdf of the gift subscription that will include the […]

Adrian Rogers Discusses Personal Gluten & Allergen Detection Devices such as Nima

November 23, 2017

Adrian Rogers, Senior Research Scientist at Romer Labs, recently spoke at Food Matters Live in London about consumer food testing devices for gluten and allergens (e.g., Nima Sensor). He generously gave permission for his slides and the audio from the live presentation to be posted on Gluten Free Watchdog. This is an exceedingly important presentation to listen to for everyone interested in learning about these devices.

For the best learning experience, please view the slides and listen to […]