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Walgreens tells pharmacists they should not counsel that any given medication is gluten-free

Where does this leave people with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders? The handout posted below was provided to Gluten Free Watchdog by a consumer. She received this information when she picked up her prescription. Gluten Free Watchdog is requesting comment on the handout as we contemplate next steps. Please also read the information below the photo. Thank you!

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Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act of 2021 (originally posted on April 22, 2021)

Note: This act does not appear to have made […]

Gluten Free Watchdog presents with FDA at IAFP on Gluten in Fermented/Hydrolyzed Foods

Amy Keller, MS, RDN, LD, an associate at Gluten Free Watchdog presented with FDA at the International Association of Food Protection conference. The session, titled “Gluten in Fermented or Hydrolyzed Foods: Regulatory, Consumer, and Analytical Perspectives” was presented today, August 3, 2022. Gluten Free Watchdog was invited by FDA to represent the voice of the consumer. We greatly appreciate this opportunity. The slides presented by Gluten Free Watchdog are available at: https://www.glutenfreewatchdog.org/news/fdapresentatiinamykelleraugust-3/

FDA is acting on complaints filed by Gluten Free Watchdog

This spring we filed 6 Freedom of Information Act requests with FDA representing 11 products containing malt-based ingredients.* All products had been reported to FDA for facial misbranding by Gluten Free Watchdog. What follows is a summary of the information included in the materials obtained from FDA. A huge thank you to Adam, one of GFWD’s pro-bono attorneys for filing these requests.

*We also filed FOIA requests for three additional products containing wheat. As of July 26, 2022, we have […]

Liquid IV: Statement from Gluten Free Watchdog

Gluten Free Watchdog received several complaints about this product from consumers after they tested Liquid IV using lateral flow devices, including EZ Gluten and Nima Sensor and received positive results for gluten.  A consumer’s retained sample and a new box of the same flavor of Liquid IV were tested at Bia Diagnostics, LLC (an accredited laboratory) using the fully validated sandwich R5 ELISA, the competitive R5 ELISA, and EZ Gluten test strips.

When the product was tested using the sandwich […]

Does FDA ever intend to take public enforcement action against manufacturers misbranding products gluten-free that list malt ingredients?

As of May 23, 2022, FDA has not taken any public enforcement action on misbranded products labeled gluten-free yet listing malt, malt extract, malt syrup, or malt vinegar in the ingredients (all made from barley unless another source is declared, such as corn malt).

On February 23, 2022, Gluten Free Watchdog sent a letter to Susan Mayne, PhD, Director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. The letter stated in part:

“We are deeply concerned that the gluten-free labeling […]

If you would like to make a donation to a worthy cause for Celiac Disease Awareness Month, here is a suggestion

Please consider making a donation to Mend Hunger or Feeding Gluten-Free. Mend Hunger and the National Celiac Association (NCA) have partnered to make gluten-free hunger relief available at no-cost to households impacted by disasters across the continental United States. This program provides “safe” disaster relief boxes to those with celiac disease. NCA also runs the nationwide program, Feeding Gluten-Free. At Gluten Free Watchdog we are so very grateful for the efforts of NCA!

For information on Feeding Gluten-Free, see https://nationalceliac.org/feeding-gluten-free/

For […]

Audio Message from Gluten Free Watchdog Asking You to Comment on FDA’s Draft Guidance on Evaluating the Public Health Importance of Food Allergens

Please take 3 minutes to listen to my message and then head over to the docket and comment.

Comment here https://www.regulations.gov/commenton/FDA-2021-N-0553-0005

Use any or all of the text from Gluten Free Watchdog’s comment available here https://www.glutenfreewatchdog.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/CommentGlutenFreeWatchdogFDA-2021-N-0553-0005.pdf

Lentils and Gluten Cross Contact

The article Lentils and Gluten Cross Contact by Tricia Thompson, Trisha Lyons, and Amy Keller was published on April 29, 2022 in Frontiers in Nutrition. There is some good news in this brief research report.

If you are interested in watching a brief overview of our findings, please see our short powerpoint video with audio.

If you would prefer to read a summary of the findings, the abstract is pasted below.

Abstract

Lentils are naturally gluten-free and are recommended for […]

Comments Submitted by Gluten Free Watchdog, LLC: FDA draft guidance: Evaluating the Public Health Importance of Food Allergens Other Than the Major Food Allergens Listed in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act

To everyone who must follow a gluten-free diet for medical reasons or loves someone who does, please comment on this draft guidance.

You can access the guidance at https://www.fda.gov/regulatory-information/search-fda-guidance-documents/draft-guidance-fda-staff-and-stakeholders-evaluating-public-health-importance-food-allergens-other

You can comment at https://www.regulations.gov/commenton/FDA-2021-N-0553-0005

You can view comments posted to date at https://www.regulations.gov/docket/FDA-2021-N-0553/comments

This draft guidance is taking the preemptive position that FDA will NOT consider a petition asking FDA to establish regulatory requirements for gluten-containing grains under FALCPA standards because FDA will only consider regulating allergens that cause acute and […]

Please comment on FDA draft guidance on adding allergens to FALCPA

Call to Action. Please comment on the FDA draft guidance: Evaluating the Public Health Importance of Food Allergens Other Than the Major Food Allergens Listed in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act [FALCPA]: Guidance for FDA Staff and Stakeholders

The draft guidance is available at https://www.fda.gov/regulatory-information/search-fda-guidance-documents/draft-guidance-fda-staff-and-stakeholders-evaluating-public-health-importance-food-allergens-other

Comment at https://www.regulations.gov/commenton/FDA-2021-N-0553-0005

Purpose of the FDA Guidance (please read carefully): This FDA guidance is meant for (1) stakeholders who intend to submit a citizen petition asking FDA to establish regulatory requirements based on the […]

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