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Wheat Starch in Gluten-Free Foods in 2023: An Update from Gluten Free Watchdog

Bottom Line: Avoid wheat starch-containing foods NOT labeled gluten-free. It is your decision whether or not to eat labeled gluten-free foods containing wheat starch. In the opinion of Gluten Free Watchdog, wheat starch used in gluten-free products should be tested with both the sandwich and competitive R5 ELISAs unless it can be confirmed with the supplier that hydrolytic enzymes are NOT used in the production of water washed wheat starch. Read on for the reasons why. Please see the manufacturer listing below. Considerations: Do not eat wheat...

Thank You to Thomas Grace & the Bia Diagnostics Team from Gluten Free Watchdog

Gluten Free Watchdog was born a little over 12 years ago. This endeavor came to fruition because of the encouragement of Thomas Grace, CEO at Bia Diagnostics. We had recently completed a study on gluten cross contact in naturally gluten-free grains. While I had access to labs for testing, I wanted to make state-of-the-art gluten testing accessible and understandable to interested consumers with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders. Thom's positive reaction when I told him what I hoped to...

Sample scripts for contacting members of Congress asking them to support the ADINA Act–A bill requiring drug labels to disclose ingredients made from allergens or gluten

This bill was introduced with bipartisan support in the House. We are hopeful that it gains traction. If you would like to reach out to your members of Congress asking them to support this bill, you can find your representatives at https://www.house.gov/representatives and your senators at https://www.senate.gov/senators/senators-contact.htm. For more information on this bill, please see the post at https://www.glutenfreewatchdog.org/news/a-bipartisan-bill-to-require-major-food-allergens-and-gluten-to-be-identified-in-medications/ Phone Script Example (please personalize) Hello, my name is ____________________________, and I’m one of your constituents from __________________________.  I’m calling to ask ____________________________________ to support the ADINA...

A bipartisan bill to require major food allergens and gluten to be identified in medications

A bipartisan bill (H.R.4263) to require allergen labeling in medications was introduced in the House by Representatives Dean Phillips (D-MN-3), Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ-11), Representative Michael Lawler (R-NY-17), Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI-8) on June 21. This bill was also introduced in the Senate by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) (S.2079). Gluten Free Watchdog is proud to endorse this bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require the label of a drug intended for human use to identify each...

Gluten-Free Claim Removed from KA-ME Hong Kong Express Rice Noodles

In May 2022, Gluten Free Watchdog (GFWD) reported KA-ME Hong Kong Express Rice Noodles to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) via the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) Adverse Event Reporting System (CAERS). At the time, product packaging included a gluten-free claim yet barley amylase was declared in the ingredients list. In February 2023, GFWD submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with FDA to find out what action was taken on our complaint. One of the...

Recall Update: New information on the recall of Cargill soy flour due to gluten cross contact

Gluten Free Watchdog has been in contact with Cargill about the recall of millions of pounds of Cargill soy flour. In brief, Cargill provided the following information: Out of an abundance of caution, Cargill issued a voluntary recall for Prolia® soy flour and Prosante® textured soy flour products manufactured between October 5, 2022, and March 29, 2023, after receiving limited test results with gluten above 20 ppm.  The gluten found in the testing was between 20 ppm and 50 ppm. Information available to...

Product Recall: Millions of pounds of Cargill soy flour have been recalled because of gluten

5/9/23 This post has been updated to include a statement from FDA Millions of pounds of Cargill soy flour have been recalled because “products with a gluten free claim may contain gluten levels above 20 ppm.” Recalled products include Prosante® Textured Soy Flour & Prolia® Soy Flour. These ingredients were distributed in the United States, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, and United Kingdom. According to the manufacturer's website, "Cargill is a soy flour supplier to the food industry."  This recall was...

Very exciting news! The Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2023 has been Introduced!

The Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2023 was introduced on April 26, 2023. The press release is available HERE. The bill numbers are S. 1289 in the Senate and H.R. 2901 in the House. Among many other labeling issues, the bill would amend FALPCA (Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act) to require that food product packaging disclose ALL gluten-containing grains. We've been down this road before with the FLMA of 2021, but we are making progress. As stated by Senator Ben...

More on Oats from Gluten Free Watchdog: Retrospective database analysis 2011- 2023

Tricia Thompson, MS, RD, Amy Keller, MS, RDN, LD Summary Gluten Free Watchdog has been testing food for gluten through the ISO/IEC 17025 accredited lab, Bia Diagnostics since 2011. For this retrospective GFWD database analysis, all labeled gluten-free products containing the word “oat” in the ingredients list were assessed for gluten levels. 213 products (i.e., individual packages) contained the word oat. Of these, 24 (11%) tested with quantifiable gluten greater than or equal to 5 parts per million. Only products with no...