Children with celiac disease occupy a very special place in my heart. I love to hear about the positive ways they are approaching the gluten-free diet. Luke’s mom Julie (a subscriber to Gluten Free Watchdog) recently reached out to me about a YouTube channel she started called No Glu Tube. In the videos Luke and Julie taste and review gluten-free products. According to Luke, “Making videos means a lot to me, so people know what to buy and know […]
Plea to FDA: Turn your attention to the manufacturers who blatantly use fermented and hydrolyzed wheat or barley ingredients in labeled gluten-free foods
Text of email sent to FDA July 13, 2020:
Dear Dr. Mayne,
Gluten Free Watchdog has reported twelve products to CAERS for gluten-free facial misbranding in 2020. Six of these products have been recalled and posted on either FDA’s enforcement report page or recall listing. On behalf of the Gluten Free Watchdog community, thank you for the role you’ve played in these recalls. Please continue your efforts and recall the remaining six products.
Products that have not been recalled include (product photos […]
This article was published in Medical Nutrition Matters (Winter 2019 Volume 38 No. 3), a publication of Dietitians in Medical Nutrition Therapy–a practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Products in the immediate queue for testing at Gluten Free Watchdog. Remember, test requests are from subscribers and requests are made for any number of reasons, including peace of mind. Testing does NOT necessarily mean that a product issue is suspected. Links to test reports are emailed to Gluten Free Watchdog subscribers.
During this period of food shortages and supply disruptions as a result of COVID-19, FDA is allowing manufacturers to make certain ingredient substitutions without changing the ingredients list. FDA stated in a letter to Gluten Free Watchdog that their COVID-19 food labeling flexibilities:
“… are not to be used when they may pose a health or safety issue. This would include the introduction of an ingredient containing gluten. Substitutions, in any amount, are not appropriate without a corresponding label […]
The FDA has responded to the group letter submitted by Gluten Free Watchdog and six other patient/consumer advocacy and professional groups outlining our concerns about FDA’s temporary policy on food labeling changes during the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it may have on the celiac disease community.
The FDA response further clarifies agency position and elaborates on the wording used in their guidance document. Regardless, it appears unlikely that FDA will be amending the current guidance. The agency has […]
Urgent Call to Action: Comment today on FDA’s temporary policy allowing manufacturers to make certain ingredient substitutions without changing the ingredients list
Background: If you are not familiar with this policy, it states in a nutshell that during this period of food shortages and supply disruptions, FDA is allowing manufacturers to make certain ingredient substitutions without changing the ingredients list. For additional background information, please read last week’s post on this guidance document available at https://www.glutenfreewatchdog.org/news/fdas-temporary-policy-regarding-certain-food-labeling-requirements-implications-for-those-with-celiac-disease/
Letter submitted to FDA In an extraordinary effort, seven patient/consumer advocacy and professional groups joined forces to submit a letter to FDA outlining concerns about this […]
FDA’s Temporary Policy Regarding Certain Food Labeling Requirements: Implications for Those with Celiac Disease
Many of you have reached out about the FDA’s guidance document regarding labeling entitled “Temporary Policy Regarding Certain Food Labeling Requirements During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: Minor Formulation Changes and Vending Machines.” The entire document is available at https://www.fda.gov/media/138315/download. If you haven’t yet read this guidance, it states in a nutshell that during this period of food shortages and supply disruptions, FDA is allowing manufacturers to make certain ingredient substitutions without changing the ingredients list.
Allowed substitutions include those […]
Products in the immediate queue for testing at Gluten Free Watchdog. Remember, test requests are from subscribers and requests are made for any number of reasons, including peace of mind. Testing does NOT necessarily mean that a product issue is suspected.
Gluten Free Watchdog Call To Action: Contact FDA Today Asking For Enforcement Action Against Manufacturers Of Products Labeled Gluten-Free Yet Containing Fermented Or Hydrolyzed Wheat & Barley
We are making progress but there is still more work to do. To date, six of nine products reported to FDA by Gluten Free Watchdog in 2020 have been recalled. If you have the energy during these trying times, please send emails to the HHS and FDA personnel listed below. Emails are recommended at the moment because FDA personnel may be working remotely. However, if you prefer to mail letters or post cards, this is of course fine too. […]