FDA Action Alerts

17 Misbranded Products Discovered in Circulation in 2017: Supplement to FDA Citizen Petition to Stop Labeling Violations Under the Gluten-Free Labeling Rule

On Sunday January 14, Kaki and I submitted a supplement to our FDA citizen petition requesting that the FDA establish a specific protocol for increased surveillance, investigation and enforcement of potential facial misbranding violations under the gluten-free labeling rule. The supplement has not yet posted to the docket so we are posting it here for your information. Please take the time to read this supplement paying particular attention to page 3 and the listing of 17 misbranded products discovered in circulation...

Urgent Product Warning for Jane Bakes Cookies

Published January 7, 2018 At least two varieties of the brand Jane Bakes cookies are labeled gluten-free yet list whole wheat flour as the first ingredient—Hazelnut & Chocolate and Coconut & Caramel. If you currently have any variety of labeled gluten-free cookies from this manufacturer in your pantry, please read the ingredients list carefully before eating. A consumer first notified Gluten Free Watchdog about this product on December 26th. The cookies were a gift to the consumer. The person purchasing the cookies...

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 https://www.glutenfreewatchdog.org/news/help-stop-labeling-violations-under-the-gluten-free-rule/ https://youtu.be/ZabSWe5XBY4 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 of...

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: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FDA-2017-P-5118 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 labeling...

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 https://www.fda.gov/Safety/ReportaProblem/ConsumerComplaintCoordinators/default.htm 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 Sauce...

Dear FDA Director of the Office of Nutrition and Food Labeling: Enforce the Gluten-Free Labeling Rule

Post date: July 17, 2017 FDA Action Alert #4: Snail Mail Letter Writing Campaign to FDA The following email will be sent to subscribers to Gluten Free Watchdog this morning (please share the link to this blog post on social media using #EnforceGFRule): Dear Gluten Free Watchdog community, Our FDA action plan continues with action alert #4—a snail mail letter writing campaign. Two letters to FDA have been posted as pdf files. These letters are addressed to Douglas A. Balentine, Ph.D. He is the Director...

Video Letter to FDA: Enforce the Gluten-Free Labeling Rule

https://youtu.be/GCXiT6aGZv4 Gluten Free Watchdog community please share a link to this post on Twitter and Facebook. Please tag FDA on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FDA/) by including @FDA in your post (this should bring up the FDA link–it is the forth one down US Food and Drug Administration) and @mention FDA on Twitter (@US_FDA). In your tweets, please also include “Please RT #EnforceGFRule” For more information see https://www.glutenfreewatchdog.org/news/fda-please-investigate-labeled-gluten-free-foods-containing-wheat-based-soy-sauce-and-enforce-your-own-rule/ Post date: July 12, 2017  

FDA, Please investigate labeled gluten-free foods testing at or above 20 parts per million and enforce your own rule

Gluten Free Watchdog community please share a link to this post on Twitter and Facebook. Please tag FDA on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FDA/) by including @FDA in your post (this should bring up the FDA link--it is the forth one down US Food and Drug Administration) and @mention FDA on Twitter (@US_FDA). In your tweets, please also include “Please RT #EnforceGFRule” I will be working as hard as possible to provide you the information needed to make your voices heard. Please work...

FDA, please investigate labeled gluten-free foods containing wheat-based soy sauce and enforce your own rule

Gluten Free Watchdog community please share a link to this post on Twitter and Facebook. Please tag FDA on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FDA/) by including @FDA in your post (this should bring up the FDA link--it is the forth one down US Food and Drug Administration) and @mention FDA on Twitter (@US_FDA). In your tweets, please also include “Please RT #EnforceGFRule” FDA Action Alert #1 Dear FDA, Please investigate labeled gluten-free foods containing wheat-based soy sauce and enforce your own rule. FDA, you state the...

Encouraging the FDA to investigate when products labeled gluten-free appear misbranded

I recently reached out to subscribers to Gluten Free Watchdog to ask for ideas regarding how best to attract the attention of the FDA when foods labeled gluten-free appear to be misbranded due to ingredients (e.g., barley malt, hydrolyzed wheat protein) or gluten level. The response was overwhelming. Here is a portion of the follow-up email sent to subscribers this morning: Taking into consideration all of your ideas, I have developed an action plan. Before presenting my thoughts, it is probably...