Testing Probiotics for Gluten Contamination
Gluten Free Watchdog has received requests to test probiotics due to the recent study by the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University that was presented at Digestive Disease Week. We can test a few products as part of our regular weekly testing OR we can undertake a more comprehensive study. As of May 27th, 31 different probiotics have been requested for testing by members of the GFWD community. If we proceed with comprehensive testing we will need to secure around $13,000. Why? Each product should be tested in duplicate using both the sandwich and competitive R5 ELISAs and a spiked recovery must be run on each sample.
Unfortunately, we do not have money available in the Gluten Free Watchdog coffers to fund this amount of “extra” testing. If you can help sponsor this probiotic testing project please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) that includes the amount you can pledge. As is the case with the arsenic testing project, all sponsors (no matter the size of the pledge) will be listed on each product test report.
Test results will be made available only to subscribers of Gluten Free Watchdog. Many more people want access to the testing data on this site than subscribe. Please encourage your friends, colleagues, and fellow bloggers (especially those who ask you to share test results with them) to help support the cause by subscribing to this testing service. More subscribers means more money in the bank which means we will be able to fund special projects without reaching out for sponsors. For those of you who may be wondering, I do not take a salary for running Gluten Free Watchdog.
Thanks so very much to those of you who have already made pledges.
Gluten Free Watchdog, LLC is a community driven testing service. It is our job to be skeptical, to question, and to test. Because we do not accept any sponsorship money from manufacturers we are a true independent voice and source of testing data for the gluten-free consumer.