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Audio Message from Gluten Free Watchdog Asking You to Comment on FDA’s Draft Guidance on Evaluating the Public Health Importance of Food Allergens

Please take 3 minutes to listen to my message and then head over to the docket and comment.

Comment here https://www.regulations.gov/commenton/FDA-2021-N-0553-0005

Use any or all of the text from Gluten Free Watchdog’s comment available here https://www.glutenfreewatchdog.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/CommentGlutenFreeWatchdogFDA-2021-N-0553-0005.pdf

Lentils and Gluten Cross Contact

The article Lentils and Gluten Cross Contact by Tricia Thompson, Trisha Lyons, and Amy Keller was published on April 29, 2022 in Frontiers in Nutrition. There is some good news in this brief research report.

If you are interested in watching a brief overview of our findings, please see our short powerpoint video with audio.

If you would prefer to read a summary of the findings, the abstract is pasted below.

Abstract

Lentils are naturally gluten-free and are recommended for […]

Comments Submitted by Gluten Free Watchdog, LLC: FDA draft guidance: Evaluating the Public Health Importance of Food Allergens Other Than the Major Food Allergens Listed in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act

To everyone who must follow a gluten-free diet for medical reasons or loves someone who does, please comment on this draft guidance.

You can access the guidance at https://www.fda.gov/regulatory-information/search-fda-guidance-documents/draft-guidance-fda-staff-and-stakeholders-evaluating-public-health-importance-food-allergens-other

You can comment at https://www.regulations.gov/commenton/FDA-2021-N-0553-0005

You can view comments posted to date at https://www.regulations.gov/docket/FDA-2021-N-0553/comments

This draft guidance is taking the preemptive position that FDA will NOT consider a petition asking FDA to establish regulatory requirements for gluten-containing grains under FALCPA standards because FDA will only consider regulating allergens that cause acute and […]

Please comment on FDA draft guidance on adding allergens to FALCPA

Call to Action. Please comment on the FDA draft guidance: Evaluating the Public Health Importance of Food Allergens Other Than the Major Food Allergens Listed in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act [FALCPA]: Guidance for FDA Staff and Stakeholders

The draft guidance is available at https://www.fda.gov/regulatory-information/search-fda-guidance-documents/draft-guidance-fda-staff-and-stakeholders-evaluating-public-health-importance-food-allergens-other

Comment at https://www.regulations.gov/commenton/FDA-2021-N-0553-0005

Purpose of the FDA Guidance (please read carefully): This FDA guidance is meant for (1) stakeholders who intend to submit a citizen petition asking FDA to establish regulatory requirements based on the […]

Gluten Free Watchdog Action List for Celiac Disease Awareness Month 2022

During the month of May, please join Gluten Free Watchdog in…

Commenting on the FDA draft guidance on evaluating allergens to add to FALCPA

Donating to a great cause, such as Feeding Gluten-Free

Accessing (for free) and sharing our recently published article, Lentils and Gluten Cross Contact

Mailing a postcard advocating for improved enforcement of the gluten-free labeling rule

More information to come soon.

Lack of FDA enforcement action against manufacturers labeling products gluten-free that list barley malt ingredients

Several groups recently came together to ask FDA if they intend to take enforcement action against manufacturers labeling products gluten-free that list malt, malt syrup, malt extract, or malt vinegar in the ingredients. Thank you to the National Celiac Association, Beyond Celiac, the Society for the Study of Celiac Disease, the Gluten Intolerance Group, and Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California for joining Gluten Free Watchdog in this effort. It takes a unified gluten-free village!

When you have a spare […]

GFCO warns the gluten-free community about oat supply issues: Recommendations from Gluten Free Watchdog

The Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO) is alerting the gluten-free community to supply chain issues that have made oats, including oats destined for gluten-free foods, more difficult to find. According to GFCO, farmers are planting less oats and droughts have led to grasshopper infestations and fires, further leading to crop shortages. GFCO is recommending that consumers who must eat gluten-free, choose only GFCO certified oat products during this time to help ensure a safe oat product.

GFCO reached out to […]

Grainful Purity Protocol Gluten-Free Lentils

Disclaimer: Gluten Free Watchdog provided feedback and encouragement to Grainful on their journey to bring purity protocol lentils to market. We are excited to see their efforts finally come to fruition. Gluten Free Watchdog does not formally endorse products.

We recently purchased two, three-pound bags of Grainful Purity Protocol Whole Red Lentils from Amazon. We sorted one bag looking for errant grain and sent the other bag to Bia Diagnostics for testing. We did not find any foreign material and the lentils did […]

Let’s Make Some Noise! Everything you need to contact your members of Congress asking them to support the Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2021

By Amy Keller, MS, RD and Tricia Thompson, MS, RD

There are multiple ways to reach out to representatives and senators. Choose whatever method works best for you–mail, email, phone call, or in-person. Below is some information to help make the process easier.

Find representatives HERE.

Find senators HERE.

PHONE CALLS:

Calling your members of Congress may be an effective way to voice your opinion on the FLMA. The sample phone script below may be helpful to get you started.

Tips for success:

Add your own […]

The Growing List of Gluten-Free Organizations Supporting the Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2021

On August 3rd, Representatives Pallone and DeLauro, and Senators Blumenthal, Whitehouse, and Markey introduced the Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2021 (H.R. 4917/S.2594). The FLMA is a comprehensive effort to address numerous food labeling issues and includes amending FALPCA (Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act) to require that food product packaging must disclose gluten-containing grains. The Bill also would require that allergen, gluten, and ingredient information must be displayed for food products sold online. For more information see […]

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