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Comments from Gluten Free Watchdog to FDA on the Proposed Rule to Establish Requirements for the Gluten-Free Labeling of Fermented or Hydrolyzed Foods

Comments submitted by Tricia Thompson, MS, RD

Founder, Gluten Free Watchdog, LLC

In response to Docket Number FDA-2014-N-1021

Email: tricia_s_thompson@hotmail.com

Web: www.glutenfreewatchdog.org

This letter is also attached as a pdf document (attachment 1)

Dear FDA,

Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the gluten-free community to establish requirements for the gluten-free labeling of fermented or hydrolyzed foods. As you make decisions regarding the final rule, please consider the testing and ingredient information included in this response. Note that testing commissioned by Gluten Free Watchdog is […]

Gluten-Free Cheerios: Summary Report & Final Test Results

Gluten Free Watchdog tested 5 boxes of gluten-free Original Yellow Box Cheerios, 2 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios, and 1 box of Multi-Grain Cheerios (these boxes are not part of the Cheerios recall). Some boxes of Original Yellow Box Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios tested by GFWD are contaminated with low levels of gluten. This contamination varies by box. Gluten contamination within each box of Cheerios is difficult to evenly distribute… The entire summary report including test results is […]

Quaker Gluten-Free Oatmeal: Take Two

DISCLAIMER: The information included in this post is based on a 2-hour phone conversation with Quaker and extensive written information provided by Quaker in follow-up emails. Quaker reviewed the information included in this post for factual accuracy.

In October 2015, Quaker Oats debuted three gluten-free oatmeal products—Quick 1-Minute Oats, Instant Oatmeal Original, and Instant Oatmeal Maple & Brown Sugar. The oats used in these products are not produced under a gluten-free purity protocol; they are mechanically and optically sorted to […]

Class Action Complaint filed October 30, 2015 in US District Court against General Mills (“Gluten-Free” Cheerios & Honey Nut Cheerios)

Contact information:

C. Brooks Cutter, Esq., (SBN 121407)
John R. Parker, Jr., Esq. (SBN 257761)
CUTTER LAW P.C.
401 Watt Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95864
Telephone: (916) 290-9400
Facsimile: (916) 669-4499
bcutter@cutterlaw.com
jparker@cutterlaw.com

Permission has been granted to post the complaint. To view click Complaint.

The gluten-free oats situation & why it is such a sticky wicket

Gluten Free Watchdog Position Statement on Oats:

Gluten Free Watchdog supports the use of gluten-free oats by the celiac disease community that are produced under a robust gluten-free purity protocol.*
At this time we do not in general support the use of regular commodity oats that are cleaned at the “end” of production via mechanical and/or optical sorting.
We are not necessarily opposed to the use of such oats in the future if their gluten-free status can be definitively demonstrated via a […]

Oats produced under a gluten-free purity protocol: Listing of suppliers and manufacturers

NOTE: Inclusion in this listing does not constitute endorsement from Gluten Free Watchdog. Information has been provided by the manufacturer. Gluten Free Watchdog has not necessarily tested the products listed here for gluten contamination. This listing is provided as a convenience to those consumers who wish to purchase oats from suppliers/manufacturers who source oats grown under a gluten-free purity protocol. Please contact the manufacturers directly to ask about their finished product testing protocols and their handling procedures for purity […]

Quaker Gluten-Free Oats

Quaker is now manufacturing “gluten-free” oat products using a “proprietary method for removing stray grains.” Quaker joins General Mills and Grain Millers (house brand Country Choice) in the marketing of oats not grown under a purity protocol to the gluten-free community. This morning Gluten Free Watchdog sent an email to Quaker asking them to provide us with information about their proprietary grain removal process and testing protocols.

UPDATE: Quaker responded to my email confirming that they are using optical and […]

Lingering Questions Remain about Gluten-Free Cheerios Recall and Safety

Background: On October 5th General Mills announced a recall of certain lots of regular Yellow Box and Honey Nut Cheerios. According to the press release the lots impacted were produced at the facility in Lodi, California during a four-day period for Yellow Box and thirteen-day period for Honey Nut. On October 7th, Gluten Free Watchdog sent an open letter to the General Mills’ Cheerios Team regarding the recall. On October 9th General Mills responded. To view the original letter […]

Open letter to General Mills’ Gluten-Free Cheerios Team on Behalf of the Gluten Free Watchdog Community

Dear General Mills’ Cheerios Team,

Your recent recall of 13 lots of Honey Nut and 4 lots of Yellow Box Cheerios and subsequent explanation of how these products made it to market has raised many questions. One of the biggest concerns is the apparent discrepancy between what you told the community about your testing protocols and what you were actually doing. It is important that you provide a thorough and honest explanation.

What you were actually doing

You stated to me in […]

Gluten-Related Disorder? Stop Eating Gluten-Free Cheerios

To the Gluten Free Watchdog Community:

This afternoon General Mills announced a recall of certain lots of regular Yellow Box and Honey Nut Cheerios. According to the press release the lots impacted were produced at the facility in Lodi, California during a four-day period for Yellow Box and thirteen-day period for Honey Nut. If you have boxes of Cheerios in your pantry please check the Better if Used By Date for the following:

Honey Nut Cheerios
Honey Nut Cheerios
Honey Nut Cheerios
 Yellow Box […]

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