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Letter to FDA Regarding Allergen Advisory Statements for Wheat on Foods Labeled Gluten-Free

Gluten Free Watchdog’s first call to action for Celiac Disease Awareness Month 2019 was a request for the community to submit photos of product labels that included both a gluten-free claim and an allergen advisory statement for wheat. The response was overwhelming. Thank you! Some of the photos are included in the attached letter to FDA regarding advisory statements. Please read the letter and let me know if you have any questions. https://www.glutenfreewatchdog.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/CallToActionMayContainStatementsFDA3.pdf

Celiac Disease Awareness Month Call to Action #2: Restaurant menu items designated as “gluten-free” but not recommended for those with celiac disease

In honor of Celiac Disease Awareness Month, Gluten Free
Watchdog will be issuing four calls to action (one each week).

The second call to action pertains to restaurants with menu items designated as “gluten-free” but not recommended for those with celiac disease.

FDA states the following about gluten-free claims and restaurants*:

“If restaurants or other retail food establishments wish to make “gluten-free” claims (or the synonymous claims “no gluten” “free of gluten” or “without gluten”) for any of their menu items, […]

Celiac Disease Awareness Month Call to Action: Allergen Advisory Statements for Wheat on Labeled Gluten-Free Foods

In honor of Celiac Disease Awareness Month, Gluten Free Watchdog will be issuing four calls to action (one each week).

The first call to action pertains to allergen advisory statements for wheat on labeled gluten-free foods. Help Gluten Free Watchdog raise awareness among FDA staff about the use of these statements by industry.

Please take photos of products you have in hand (versus product images and information posted online by manufacturers) that are labeled gluten-free AND include a may contain […]

Oats Revisited: Quaker Gluten-Free Oats

Due in large part to data published in the
public domain by Quaker, the celiac disease community continues to learn about
the nature of gluten grain cross contact in oats, including that:

Grains of wheat, barley, and rye are unevenly distributed within a given amount of oats. Despite what may be the best efforts of suppliers, gluten-containing grains have been found in both final product purity protocol oats and final product mechanically and optically sorted oats.See https://www.somatopublications.com/oat-consumption-by-celiac-disease-patients-outcomes-range-from-harmful-to-beneficial-depending-on-the-purity-of-the-oats.pdf

Based on Gluten Free Watchdog’s social […]

Call to Action: Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act of 2019

Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act of 2019. Representatives Ryan and Cole introduced this bill on April 3, 2019. The bill currently has 8 co-sponsors.

The text of the bill is available at https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2074/text?fbclid=IwAR3Xr7YABCf4sFERNHO00yOkq7HCV2h1DHTnVXWL1OzKlc6znHEb9nY9n9s.

Please support this bill by contacting your representative. A state-by-state directory is available at https://www.house.gov/representatives.

You can also find your representative by zip code at https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative?fbclid=IwAR0XjoajmDCz7loMHtt2-Tx8K6-Rvf6QifiyVklSPejTw1J7A7ene0gwbUA.

I was contacted by Representative Ryan’s office and asked
for my opinion regarding wording of the bill. The bill currently reads in part
that a drug […]

Gluten Free Watchdog Statement on Purity Protocol Oat Suppliers

There is no standardized definition for purity protocol oats*.
As a result, not all oats promoted by suppliers as purity protocol are the
same. At this time, Gluten Free Watchdog includes four companies in our listing
of suppliers providing purity protocol oats to manufacturers, namely Avena
Foods, GF Harvest, Montana Gluten-Free Processors, and Glanbia Nutritionals.
You can read about their protocols at https://www.glutenfreewatchdog.org/news/oats-produced-under-a-gluten-free-purity-protocol-listing-of-suppliers-and-manufacturers/

*GFCO along with representatives from Avena Foods, GF Harvest, Montana Gluten-Free Processors, and Cream Hill Estate (no longer in business) co-authored a […]

What we’ve learned from 15 years of testing food for gluten & 8 years running Gluten Free Watchdog

The vast majority of
manufacturers of gluten-free foods are doing it right!

87% of labeled gluten-free foods commissioned for testing through Gluten Free Watchdog test below 5 parts per million of gluten (the lowest level that can be quantified using the R5 ELISA Mendez Method).

96% of labeled gluten-free foods commissioned for
testing through Gluten Free Watchdog test below 20 parts per million of
gluten.

4% of labeled gluten-free foods commissioned for
testing through Gluten Free Watchdog test at or above 20 parts per […]

Morning musings about testing food for gluten & the Nima Sensor

The following is paragraph form of a tweet thread posted by @GFWatchdog to Twitter on March 21, 2019.

A few musings this morning about testing food for gluten & the Nima Sensor. Background, I have been commissioning testing of gluten-free food for about 15 years. Does this make me an expert? No. I am a dietitian fortunate to have learned from the experts—the scientists who specialize in testing food for gluten, including the late Dr. Mendez (you may recognize his […]

Confused by USDA ingredient & allergen labeling? Read the facts recently confirmed by the agency

Over the past week, two of the amazing members of the Gluten Free Watchdog community reached out regarding issues with USDA labeling. In case you sometimes find yourself in a state of labeling confusion, here are the facts recently confirmed to GFWD by USDA on March 11th and 12th, 2019.

1. ALL ingredients must be declared by their “common or usual name” in foods regulated by the USDA.

2. Certain ingredients can be declared collectively, such as
flavoring. BUT protein-containing ingredients must […]

When beer “crafted to remove gluten” is wrongly advertised as “gluten-free”: How to report to the TTB

If you come across a bottled malt beverage in the US market that has been “crafted to remove gluten” (e.g., made using malted barley but treated with an enzyme) yet is represented in advertisements from the brewer as “gluten-free” please email the TTB market compliance division at Market.Compliance@ttb.gov. Photos representing the issue are useful to include.

The regulation of beer is not straightforward.
What follows is a primer that hopefully makes a complicated topic easier to
understand. Please read it carefully. […]

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