Author: Tricia Thompson

Adrian Rogers from Romer Labs presents: Gluten analysis and the challenges of consumer testing devices

June 28, 2018

Adrian generously agreed to allow us to post his slides from yesterday’s Medical Nutrition Practice Group webinar, Gluten analysis and the challenges of consumer testing devices. In this webinar Adrian provides information on:

Gluten Analysis: The challenges
Current Methods of Analysis
Consumer testing devices: Pros and Cons
Gluten Detective : Opinion
Conclusions

If a link to the audio becomes available, it will be posted.

Update: Here is the link to the audio and slides https://eatright.webex.com/eatright/ldr.php?RCID=febe8b09e673ea25bc4505779f32450f 

If you have any questions for […]

Oats and the Gluten-Free Diet: Q&A Part 2

Two weeks ago I posted on social media asking you to send me your questions on oats—anything that was on your mind. I did this because the situation with oats and the gluten-free diet is one of the most complicated issues I write about–something I’ve been doing for about 21 years.

Because you sent in so many questions, they are being answered in groups. This is the second Q&A post on oats. Some of your questions may have been slightly […]

Oats and the Gluten-Free Diet: Q&A Part 1

Last week I posted on social media asking you to send me your questions on oats—anything that was on your mind because as I stated, “The situation with oats and the gluten-free diet is one of the most complicated issues I write about–something I’ve been doing for about 15 years.”

I’ve actually been writing about oats for so long that I forgot just how long. My first article on oats was published in the scientific literature in 1997—21 years ago […]

Reminder: “Gluten-Removed” Malt Beverages can be Labeled “Gluten-Free” in the State of Oregon

A consumer recently contacted Gluten Free Watchdog about Walkabout GFA (gluten-free ale) from Walkabout Brewing Co. The beer is labeled gluten-free and includes the following statement on the label, “Walkabout GFA is brewed with malted barley and hops specially crafted to be gluten-free.”

Consumer question: Is this legal?

Answer: Yes, in the state of Oregon (this product is also labeled, “for sale in Oregon only”).

Bottom Line: The TTB regulates malt beverages made using both malted barley and hops (e.g., what we […]

Why are consumers finding malt extract and malt flavor in the ingredients lists of GFCO certified gluten-free foods?

The issue:

During the month of May, three products were reported to Gluten Free Watchdog that were labeled gluten-free and included the certified gluten-free logo from GFCO on product packaging yet named either malt extract or malt flavor in the ingredients list.

Nothin’ But Foods Cinnamon Raisin Granola Cookie Bites
Know Allergies Blueberry and Maple Bars
Goodie Girl Toffee Crunch Cookies

According to GFCO and the manufacturers involved, the malt ingredients are not actually in the product but instead […]

It isn’t just oats that have gluten cross contact issues

We’ve known for well over a decade that standard oats are highly likely to arrive at a mill from the farm containing errant wheat, barley, and rye grain. But we also have a problem with errant gluten-containing grain showing up in other naturally gluten-free grains, seeds, and legumes, including millet grain and dried lentils.

This is happening in products labeled “gluten-free” as well as those labeled “certified gluten-free.” And it doesn’t matter if the food manufacturing plant is dedicated gluten-free. […]

Is the FDA enforcing the gluten-free labeling rule?

Question: How many FDA food recalls have there been since January 1, 2016 and the reason/problem cited by the FDA is gluten?

Answer: Two

A search under “gluten” on FDA’s “Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts” page resulted in the following:

May 3, 2018: Van’s Waffles: Product may contain gluten and undeclared milk https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm606033.htm. This product is labeled gluten-free
September 1, 2016: Koi Palace Mooncakes: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm518878.htm. It is unclear whether this product was labeled gluten-free at the time of the recall.

How […]

A letter to the community: Thank you for allowing me to do this important work

In honor of Celiac Disease Awareness Month 2018,

A series of bites, barks, tail wags, face licks, and pant tugs from Gluten Free Watchdog

May 31, 2018

Gluten Free Watchdog Face Lick, Post # 31

Dear Gluten Free Watchdog community,

As Celiac Disease Awareness Month comes to a close I would like to thank all of you who make Gluten Free Watchdog possible.

Gluten Free Watchdog launched a little over seven years ago. This would not have happened without the support of my husband, Dave. […]

Goodie Girl and Nothin’ But Foods: Product packaging erroneously lists malt extract from barley

In honor of Celiac Disease Awareness Month 2018,

A series of bites, barks, tail wags, face licks, and pant tugs from Gluten Free Watchdog

May 30, 2018

Gluten Free Watchdog Bite, Post # 30

Goodie Girl and Nothin’ But Foods: Product packaging erroneously lists malt extract from barley

Reportedly neither cookie actually contains barley malt extract. BUT the decision by manufacturers to leave packages on store shelves with incorrect information in the ingredient list is causing confusion and angst in the celiac disease community. 

Goodie […]

Brewer’s Yeast and Gluten

In honor of Celiac Disease Awareness Month 2018,

A series of bites, barks, tail wags, face licks, and pant tugs from Gluten Free Watchdog

May 29, 2018

Gluten Free Watchdog Pant Tug, Post # 29

Brewer’s Yeast and Gluten

Bottom Line: When used as an ingredient in a food product NOT labeled gluten-free, brewer’s yeast may contain gluten from malt and gluten-containing grain.

Some information about brewer’s yeast (and yes, it is confusing):

The term brewer’s yeast can refer to both the live yeast used […]

©2013