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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 […]

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. […]

Updating the community on gluten-free facial misbranding and FDA & USDA enforcement of gluten-free claims: Celiac Disease Awareness Month 2020

During the first 4½ months of 2020, Gluten Free Watchdog reported 8 products appearing to be facially misbranded to FDA and 1 product to USDA. Products are considered facially misbranded (a term coined by the GFWD team) when they are labeled gluten-free but the ingredients list includes an ingredient not allowed in foods making a gluten-free claim.

As of May 12, 2020, 6 products reported to FDA have been recalled for gluten-free misbranding. This is actually extraordinary given that very […]

Allergen advisory statements for wheat, gluten in medication, & restaurants and gluten-free claims: Celiac Disease Awareness Month 2020

As stated in an earlier post, during a pandemic is an interesting time to be raising awareness about a disease. Gluten Free Watchdog’s activities are a bit subdued this year but nonetheless important and hopefully helpful to the community. First up… an update on our 2019 initiatives.

Before moving on to Gluten Free Watchdog’s new initiatives for Celiac Awareness Month 2020, here is a status update on our 2019 initiatives—allergen advisory statements for wheat on foods labeled gluten-free, gluten in […]

Happy Celiac Disease Awareness Month 2020

Happy Celiac Disease Awareness Month. At my house, we kicked things off on Friday with gluten-free carob chip banana muffins. During a pandemic is an interesting time to be raising awareness about a disease. Our activities are a bit subdued this year but nonetheless important and hopefully helpful to the community.

What is Gluten Free Watchdog up to this month? We will be…

Providing status updates on our 2019 initiatives, including information on:Allergen advisory statements for wheat on foods labeled […]

Food is Love: My weekly pandemic gluten-free dinner menu

This information is provided here in the hope that it is in some small way useful.  Sending love.

My family of three is back together again (as of tomorrow–Tuesday). We have varying tastes, likes and dislikes, and of course one of us is gluten-free, egg white-free, and milk protein-free (me).

My kitchen is not 100% gluten-free but dinners tend to be naturally gluten-free. My son is now home from graduate school so meals have to accommodate his preferences (smile).  […]

Four of eight products recalled: YOU are making a difference!

We are making progress. To date, four of the eight products reported to FDA by Gluten Free Watchdog in 2020 have been recalled. If you have the energy during these trying times, please continue to send emails to the FDA personnel listed below (Secretary Azar and Commissioner Hahn have been removed from the list at this time as they have their hands full fighting COVID-19). Emails are recommended at the moment because FDA personnel may be working remotely. […]

Dear Beloved Gluten Free Watchdog Community

Dear Beloved Gluten Free Watchdog community,

During this very difficult time, here are some hopefully helpful tips. Please note that all recipes are my own from a book I wrote many, many years ago. If the photos don’t come through in this email, please cut and paste links into browser. 

Difficulty eating? During times of stress, I’m prone to slight nausea and no desire to eat. If you are like me, this is what I do to combat this feeling… I make […]

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