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Tell the FDA to Publish the Gluten-free Labeling Rules NOW!

This just in from Jennifer Iscol of the North Bay Celiacs:

Hello to all in the national celiac and gluten-free community, I eat gluten-free and I VOTE!

The Food and Drug Administration is over two years late publishing the gluten-free labeling rules mandated by Congress in the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection of 2004 (FALCPA). The rules were due by August 2008. Congress needs to press the FDA to act, and the FDA needs to get the job done.

We are tired of wondering if the food we buy is safe and tired of waiting quietly for the FDA to get around to doing its job. The FDA has had over SIX YEARS to study this issue. Enough!

The American Celiac Disease Alliance is urging everyone to act now. It takes just a couple of minutes to use their website to automatically send emails to the Food and Drug Administration and Health and Human Services (both run by women!), and your Senators and Representative in Congress.

Beth Hillson,
President of the American Celiac Disease Alliance, writes, "Let's show our strength by shouting out how important this is to us.  Tell the FDA to finish the GF Labeling regulations. Tell them that people with celiac disease require safe, gluten-free foods.  Tell them to finish the FALCPA Labeling Rules NOW."

Go to http://www.capwiz.com/celiac/home/ to send emails or letters today. You can use their letters or write your own.

Forward and post this link on every celiac and gluten-free blog, list and group. FDA, GET THE JOB DONE!

I would like to thank the American Celiac Disease Alliance (http://americanceliac.org/) for organizing this effort and providing this service for free, and encourage everyone to support ACDA with a donation.

As always, Celiac.com welcomes your comments (see below).


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3 Responses:

 
Lisa Frederick

said this on
24 Jan 2011 2:25:12 PM PST
As a Canadian with the same problem essentially, what can I do? I already emailed some big wig with the FDA what else can I do? Thanks

 
Hank Harwell

said this on
07 Feb 2011 4:18:52 PM PST
Kroger (supermarket chain) has invented *its own gluten free label,* which is extremely dissembling [pick your term]. For instance on the front of its "33% less sodium" Chicken Broth is its label stating "a Gluten Free Food," saying underneath, "This food has never contained gluten." Turn the container to read Nutrition Facts and you will see the disclaimer, "MAY CONTAIN: Milk, Wheat, Soy." To which I must say 'WTF,' because the label on front also says "Lactose Free."

I rest my case. A call to customer service indicated that this is their own designer label -- but they can't control what else has been produced [fabricated] in the plant where this was produced. Very disconcerting -- typical mega producer cop out. How is the consumer to know whether or not to 'trust' the processor or the product?

 
Deanne

said this on
20 Feb 2011 1:40:43 PM PST
This is too important of a health concern for many people now that the labels must be specific about declaring wheat and other sources of gluten. Gluten free must mean just that! No other ingredients in small amounts that may /have gluten and no cross-contamination with other sources of gluten. Thank you




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