Urgent Call to Action: Comment today on FDA’s temporary policy allowing manufacturers to make certain ingredient substitutions without changing the ingredients listTricia Thompson
Background: If you are not familiar with this policy, it states in a nutshell that during this period of food shortages and supply disruptions, FDA is allowing manufacturers to make certain ingredient substitutions without changing the ingredients list. For additional background information, please read last week’s post on this guidance document available at https://www.glutenfreewatchdog.org/news/fdas-temporary-policy-regarding-certain-food-labeling-requirements-implications-for-those-with-celiac-disease/
Letter submitted to FDA In an extraordinary effort, seven patient/consumer advocacy and professional groups joined forces to submit a letter to FDA outlining concerns about this policy and the impact it may have on the celiac disease community. This letter was submitted to FDA staff including Susan Mayne (Director, CFSAN), Stephen Hahn (Commissioner, FDA), and the Hon. Alex Azar (Commissioner, HHS). It was also posted to the FDA docket as a comment. A huge thank you to all groups who came together to make this effort possible:
Gluten Free Watchdog
Gluten Intolerance Group
National Celiac Association
Celiac Community Foundation of Northern CA
Dietitians in Gluten & Gastrointestinal Disorders
Society for the Study of Celiac Disease
What you can do Please submit a comment to the docket at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FDA-2020-D-1139-0009 If this link doesn’t work (on certain days the link goes directly to the docket for commenting; on other days it goes to a Beta site), use https://beta.regulations.gov/comment/FDA-2020-D-1139-0009).
When submitting your comment, please feel free to use any portions of (or the entire) above-mentioned group letter in your comment. You may also state in your letter that you are writing in support of the letter submitted by Gluten Free Watchdog and upload it to the docket. The file is available HERE.
Thank you so much for your continued advocacy efforts!