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    Missouri Legislator Pushing For Gluten-Free Shampoo Labels

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    Celiac.com 04/09/2013 - A legislator in Missouri, Rep. Vicky Englund is pushing a bill that requires manufacturers and wholesalers of hygiene products like shampoo and conditioner to clearly state on the product label whether or not the product contains gluten.

    Photo: CC--jimmywayneAccording to CBS St. Louis, Rep. Englund was moved to act after hearing from a constituent who suffers from gluten intolerance.

    The woman had got gluten "out of her diet completely, but was still very ill and almost died,” Englund said. After considerable detective work, the woman eventually discovered that her shampoo contained gluten.

    A study by the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center and another by George Washington University show that many commercial health and beauty products contain gluten. The latter study, done in 2012 showed that people gluten sensitivity could react negative reactions to ingredients such as the wheat germ oil often used to produce Vitamin E.

    Englund’s bill is currently pending before the state’s House Health Care Policy Committee. What do you think? Is this a good idea? Let us know what you think about mandating gluten status on shampoo and conditioner labels by sharing your comments below.


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    I take full responsibility to ensure that I do not ingest gluten, and have found two companies that produce gluten-free shampoo/conditioner and cosmetics that I like. I've been diagnosed for about ten years, and the elimination process has been frequented by trial and error... and symptoms. Product labeling would help. Unfortunately, I wonder how many years it would even take to enact the proposed labeling bill. Change moves slowly for celiac patients.

    Please tell: what safe shampoo and makeup have you discovered?

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    I'm glad Rep. Englund is working to help people with celiac disease. It's hard enough to watch for gluten in foods, even harder in cosmetics and toiletries. Having clear, concise labeling would be a big step forward.

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    I agree with everything everyone says. It's about time that people with celiac disease don't suffer anymore. We are also human and have the right to live well. The government should acknowledge us and stop playing games.

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    As far as I'm concerned, all states should enact this on all products and not just gluten. People have many different allergies/intolerances, and labeling should be accurate and in large enough print to read without a magnifying glass. Of course, that idiotic 20% and still gluten-free will become an issue for me with this labeling just as it is with food. It's a start! How about labeling how many ppm and let buyer beware and be safe!

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    Guest Rep Vicki Englund

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    I just wanted to let everyone know that my HB 549 will be heard in Committee tomorrow. If you have any personal experiences with shampoo, conditioner or other personal care items, please email me your stories at: Vicki.englund@house.mo.gov. I would love to share your stories and need them by noon on Wednesday, May 1st, central time. Thank you!

    Representative Vicki Englund

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    Please tell: what safe shampoo and makeup have you discovered?

    Hi Tricia. My name is Michelle and I am the constituent of Vicki Englund to whom the article refers. I have found gluten-free shampoo and lip gloss at Sephora, but only at the mall stores, not at Sephora in JC Penney stores. The Sephora store near me also has knowledgeable sales people, SO IMPORTANT! In addition to shampoo, I found out that my day and night face moisturizers from The Body Shop contained gluten. I returned my unused product and they were very nice about exchanging it for gluten-free products, the "aloe" day and night moisturizers. Best of luck to you!

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    Guest Dr. Randi I Ross

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    This is a FANTASTIC move by representative Englund, and so desperately needed by so many that need to avoid gluten. There are a number of companies that do label their products gluten free that I have found at whole foods-shampoo, conditioner, liquid body soaps and lotions. It's great not to wondering if gluten is or isn't in the products we use. I think it time for a bill like representative Englund's to be passed.

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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 science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. 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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