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    Celiac Society Urges Irish Restaurants to Take Gluten Free Eating Out Pledge

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      Ireland's Gluten Free Eating Out Pledge promotes safe, reliable gluten-free meals in restaurants.


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    Celiac.com 06/21/2019 - Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disease in which gluten in food causes the body’s immune system to attack the gut. There is no cure. Celiac disease is a lifelong condition, and the only treatment is a strict gluten free diet.

    When people with celiac disease accidentally eat gluten, they can have bloating, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pains and lethargy. Symptoms can last several days, and sometimes require medical attention.

    Ireland has nearly 50,000 celiac disease sufferers among almost 5 million citizens. In an effort to improve menu offerings for Ireland’s celiac sufferers, the Coeliac Society of Ireland is calling on Ireland’s restaurateurs to take their Gluten Free Eating Out Pledge.

    Launched as part of Coeliac Awareness Week, the pledge is designed to encourage restaurants and cafes to reassure people with celiac disease that they can order gluten-free food with confidence.

    Under the terms of the Gluten Free Eating Out Pledge, restaurants agree to:

    1. Meet the Gluten Free Standards established by the Kitchen Safety Checklist
    2. Have staff members complete online catering training
    3. Clearly mark all gluten-free menu items with the gluten-free symbol, or offer a separate gluten-free menu

    What do you think about the idea? Should more restaurants commit to serving safe, reliable gluten-free meals? Share your thoughts below.


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    It would be wonderful not to have to worry if the restaurant we are eating in not only had gluten-free items on the menu but the staff where trained and understood the serious health ramification there guest might have with cross contamination. Not having to worry where your friends have picked as the restaurant, you would know right away. 

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    As retirees we eat out a lot.  It would be great if that would happen here in the US.  I agree that I take the chance of getting glutened when we eat out.  There are a couple of places near us that are great and I never have had obvious problems.  The hardest part is when traveling to find a reliable place to eat.  Having a nationwide restaurant list of perfectly safe restaurants would be fabulous.  I also have micro colitis so when I do have problems I wonder which it is.  According to my GI doc there really isn't a way to tell which one "got me".

     

     

     

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    16 hours ago, Guest Carlene said:

    As retirees we eat out a lot.  It would be great if that would happen here in the US.  I agree that I take the chance of getting glutened when we eat out.  There are a couple of places near us that are great and I never have had obvious problems.  The hardest part is when traveling to find a reliable place to eat.  Having a nationwide restaurant list of perfectly safe restaurants would be fabulous.  I also have micro colitis so when I do have problems I wonder which it is.  According to my GI doc there really isn't a way to tell which one "got me".

    In the U.S., I wish "gluten-free" on a menu truly indicates 'gluten-free using celiac protocols'.  There is too much confusion with gluten-free labeled menu items not necessarily being celiac safe.  So maybe another code needs to be adopted for celiac-safe restaurants & menus (how about a 'CS' code noting celiac safe).  It would be so much easier to eat out if capable restaurants could display a certification for celiac-safe standards & protocols.

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in biology, anatomy, medicine, science, and advanced research, and scientific methods. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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