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General Product Warning: Check Your Lentils (including certified gluten-free lentils) for Foreign Grain

Bottom Line: Gluten Free Watchdog has received a number of consumer complaints about foreign grain in packages of lentils. The most recent complaints are for Edison Grainery French Green Lentils and Beluga Lentils (both certified gluten-free) and Simply Nature Organic Green Lentils distributed by Aldi and labeled “naturally gluten-free food.” Please carefully inspect and wash all lentils that you purchase (see specific recommendations below).

Edison Grainery: The three most recent consumer complaints for this manufacturer involve a single errant grain […]

Testing Oat Products Using the Nima

Please watch the video Using Nima to test heterogeneous samples such as oats before watching this video. It is available at https://www.glutenfreewatchdog.org/news/using-nima-test-heterogeneous-samples-oats/. In the current video I test a box of “gluten-free” Cheerios from the 2015 recall and a carton of regular Quaker oats using Nima. Both of these products are highly likely to be contaminated with gluten and are not recommended for persons with gluten-related disorders regardless of test results using the Nima. My intention in testing these two […]

Gluten Free Watchdog comment: Australian study on the gluten content of imported food

The Gluten Free Watchdog community has reached out to me regarding the study “Gluten content of imported gluten-free foods: national and international implications “published in the Medical Journal of Australia in October. This is a short report and the full text is available at https://www.mja.com.au/system/files/issues/205_07/10.5694mja16.00485.pdf

The main question being asked about the study is why the researchers report testing to 1 part per million of gluten while Gluten Free Watchdog tests to 5 parts per million of gluten. By way […]

“He gave my son veal dredged in flour and a side of gluten free pasta cooked in the same water as regular pasta” Are restaurants taking gluten-free requests less seriously?

This week I received an email from a member of the Gluten Free Watchdog community about a recent restaurant experience. It is printed here with permission:

“I want to share with you some restaurant trends I am noticing.  It seems like the gluten-free diet fad has created some real issues for those of us with Celiac or real gluten intolerance.  We took my son out to dinner last weekend and he got terribly glutened.  I just called the restaurant and […]

Product alert for Simply Nature Organic Green Lentils distributed by Aldi and labeled “Naturally Gluten Free Food”

Bottom Line: A consumer contacted Gluten Free Watchdog about foreign grain found in a bag of lentils. The consumer sent both the foreign grain and empty bag to Gluten Free Watchdog and we in turn sent the grain to the lab to be tested for identification purposes. The lab was able to test three extractions. The results are 78 ppm, > 84 ppm, > 84 ppm gluten indicating that at least some of the grain is wheat and/or barley.

Background […]

FNCE Presentation: Testing Food for Hydrolyzed Gluten & Why This is So Difficult

In October of 2016 I had the pleasure of presenting at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. I presented alongside Carol D’Lima of the FDA. Carol’s presentation was on the proposed rule for gluten-free labeling of fermented and hydrolyzed food. My presentation was on the difficulties associated with testing these foods for hydrolyzed gluten. Please watch the video after downloading the slides (available at testingfoodforhydrolyzedgluten).

 

Allergen Advisory Statements: One Page Printable Flyer

Please feel free to download and share this one-page flyer about our study on allergen advisory statements recently published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Thanks to our co-author Trisha Lyons for developing this handout. 2016-fnce-aas-flyer

To view a summary of the study please click HERE.

To view a read only full text of the article please click HERE.

 

Gluten-Free Oats Video & Handout from FNCE DIGID Breakfast 2016

Dietitians in Gluten Intolerance Diseases held a breakfast on oats at FNCE this year. This event was sponsored by GF Harvest and the featured speaker was Seaton Smith. A miller of mechanically and optically sorted oats also was invited to speak at this breakfast but they declined. As a result, information on sorted oats was provided by me. Please print the pdf of the oat handout provided to dietitians at this event before listening to the video (otherwise the […]

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