Make no mistake about it: Wheat-based soy sauce is NOT allowed in foods labeled gluten-free

October 9, 2017

Bottom Line: Neither the FDA nor the USDA allows soy sauce made using wheat to be labeled gluten-free. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

If you are a consumer or a manufacturer and you continue to have doubts about the veracity of the above bottom line statement, please read the communication from the USDA to me pasted below. I contacted the agency after Scott of the blog Gluten Dude posted about a jerky product* labeled […]

Video Request for Comments on Gluten Free Watchdog’s FDA Citizen Petition

Gluten Free Watchdog Requests that the FDA establish a specific protocol for increased surveillance, investigation and enforcement of potential Facial Misbranding violations under the Gluten-Free Labeling Rule. Please take the time to read the petition and summary of the petition and comment.
The summary, including a link to comment is available at

Some of you are experiencing problems when trying to access and post your comment to the petition docket. Please do the following (the video also provides step-by-step instructions):

1. Instead […]

Article Summary: Gluten-Free Labeling: Are Growth Media Containing Wheat, Barley, and Rye Falling through the Cracks?

Article Summary:
Gluten-Free Labeling: Are Growth Media Containing Wheat, Barley, and Rye Falling through the Cracks?
Tricia Thompson, Melinda Dennis, Luke Emerson. J Acad Nutr Dietet. 2017. In Press. 
Background: Bacteria are used in a variety of products, including probiotics. These microorganisms may be grown on media that may include ingredients derived from gluten-containing grain (ie, wheat, barley, and rye). Historically, some concern has been expressed in the celiac disease community that the use of gluten-derived/ gluten-containing growth media may result […]

A Smiling Child with Celiac Disease and Her Delightful Book Warms the Heart

Katie Scarlett Pryor is a young lady with celiac disease who has written a series of books—The Princess Katie Books. I purchased her latest book entitled, Princess Katie and the Sweet Shop and loved it. The story is about a young girl who is sad because she can no longer eat her favorite bakeshop sweets after being told she has celiac disease. Her sadness doesn’t last long because she decides to learn how to make gluten-free sweets and open […]

Sending Gluten-Free Food to Folks Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Please see updates at the bottom of post
This morning Chad from the San Antonio Food Bank called me.

The food bank is able to accept food donations by mail. They are aware of the necessity of gluten-free food for folks with celiac disease and NCGS.

If you would like to donate food:

Please send non-perishable gluten-free food: Some possibilities include breakfast cereal, shelf-stable bread, such as Schar (please do not send food that must be kept in the freezer/fridge), Sun […]

Help Stop Labeling Violations under the Gluten-Free Rule

August 23, 2017

Gluten Free Watchdog’s Citizen Petition has posted to the FDA docket. Please read the petition and comment. Please ask others to comment too. The petition is available at:

Sample comment to cut and paste into the docket:

Too many products are labeled gluten-free yet contain ingredients (e.g., barley malt) not allowed in labeled gluten-free foods. I support Gluten Free Watchdog’s citizen petition asking FDA to establish new reporting and investigation processes to address facial misbranding violations under the gluten-free […]

Glanbia Gluten-Free Oats: Another Source of Purity Protocol Oats

August 23, 2017

Glanbia Agribusiness is a purchaser and processor of grain in Ireland. They have recently begun to sell their OatPure™ gluten-free oats to manufacturers in both North America and Europe, through their sister company, Glanbia Nutritionals. According to Glanbia, their OatPure™ oats are guaranteed to contain a level of gluten below 10 ppm. Also according to Glanbia, their oats have been licensed by Coeliac UK, the Coeliac Society of Ireland and the Spanish Federation of Coeliac Associations (FACE) […]

FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators: Please help to enforce the gluten-free labeling rule

Post date July 19, 2017

FDA Action Alert #5: Call-In Campaign to FDA

According to the FDA, “Individuals can report a problem with a food or its labeling, such as potential misuse of “gluten-free” claims, to FDA” by contacting a Consumer Complaint Coordinator (CCC) in their state or region. Contact information is pasted below from the link

When you call the FDA, you will be asked specific information about products. Please keep the following product information handy:

Chef Myron’s Gluten-Free Premium Teriyaki […]

Gluten Free Watchdog Sponsor a Subscriber Program

Post date: July 18, 2017

Gluten Free Watchdog is pleased to announce hardship subscriptions to Gluten Free Watchdog through our Sponsor a Subscriber Program. In this program, current subscribers sponsor a 6 month subscription to Gluten Free Watchdog for individuals who would not otherwise be able to afford one. If you are experiencing financial hardship and would like to participate in this program, please have your doctor or dietitian contact us at If you are a current subscriber to […]