Letter to FDA Regarding Restaurant Use of the Term Gluten-Free on MenusTricia Thompson
Gluten Free Watchdog’s second call to action for Celiac Disease Awareness Month 2019 was a request for the community to submit photos of restaurant menus that designate items as gluten-free yet provide a disclaimer about the lack of suitability for someone with celiac disease. The response was overwhelming. Thank you! A handful of the photos are included in the attached letter to FDA regarding restaurants and their use of the term “gluten-free”. Please read the letter and let me know if you have any questions. https://www.glutenfreewatchdog.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/RestaurantMenusCDAM2FDAPost.pdf
Hi Tricia, have you received a response from FDA? I am celiac and deeply concerned with what’s going on in the US food industry. I’d love to join your efforts and help with getting restaurants to have to comply with the FDA ruling (by actually including them in the regulation).
Hi Andrea, I’ve had a conversation with FDA staff about this issue. It will be very difficult to get FDA to change the regulation. Our best bet IMO is to increase awareness among restaurants that if a menu item is labeled gluten-free it should be gluten-free when served to the consumer. It isn’t enough that the ingredients are gluten-free. Cross contact must also be considered. FDA is supposed to be getting back to me about how consumers can best report restaurants who are using the term gluten-free incorrectly. I will continue to bug them.