Can't believe how slow the state of Missouri house of representatives website is
Bill = HB 549
Requires personal care items sold in this state to include on its label whether the items contain gluten
Sponsor Vicki Englund, co sponsor Rory Ellinger
LR number 1253L.01l
Last action referred : Health Care Policy House committee
Hearing not scheduled
Bill not on House calendar
text of bill HB 549
97th General Assembly-
Section A. Chapter 407, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 407.322, to read as follows:
407.322. By January 1, 2014, a manufacturer or wholesaler selling or offering for sale in this state personal care items, including shampoo and conditioner, shall include on its label of such items whether the items contain gluten.
The problem with cut and paste is that now I'm stuck in the last style from the house.mo.gov website.
Anyway, as a lover of simplicity, I still find this bill lacking. For one thing, it makes no mention of OATS, (sativa) which are found in numerous lotions, shampoos and conditioners, and can be just as big a culprit because they are frequently cross contaminated with wheat family (triticum) glutens because of how grains are grown, harvested, stored, sorted and processed. Also, a small percentage of celiacs cross react to even gluten free oats, but the contamination issue is the bigger problem. The bill could be made better by adding "and oats" to the end of it. This doesn't really change the status of anything, because frequently personal care item manufacturers boast about the supposed benefits of "oats" right there on the front of the labels, but it is the HIDDEN, undisclosed oat content, just as the hidden wheat, rye, and barley, which can be a problem. Also, obvious to us, but perhaps not to the well- meaning bill sponsor, you could still end up with a personal care item loaded with wheat germ oil (which is supposedly gluten free, due to processing which supposedly removes the offending gluten protein causing the auto immune reaction) and oats, and yet end up have the manufacturers declaring on the label "GLUTEN FREE !"