You may have recently seen my blog asking for comments on my FDA petition to have FDA add rye and barley to the list of most common allergens that require disclosure on food labeling. The fact that FDA added wheat to that list without adding rye and barley is total idiocy, for as we know we are all just as allergic to the gluten of rye and barley as we are to wheat, and the omission of rye and barley causes great difficulty when shopping for food.

It has recently come to my attention that my petition did not actually get into the FDA's database until after the supposed closing date for comments. But it's not a real closing date; you can still post your comments and they will be considered. So please do so! The petition is at
http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=FDA-2008-P-0509. As you can see, Bonny Cancino and Kim Hopkins were able to leave comments as late as this month. Please, FDA needs many more comments in order to take this petition seriously. Please add your vote for this petition by leaving a comment. And remember to hit the submit button at the very end of your comment, or it won't actually get posted. Then there will apparently be a delay before it actually shows up. I'm not sure how long. But if it doesn't show up in about a week, re-post it, please!

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