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Great Specialty Company Owner Arrested for Selling Contaminated Gluten Free Bread

Celiac.com 02/04/2010 - Paul Seelig, the owner of the Great Specialty Products bread company in Durham, North Carolina, has been arrested and is facing felony charges for intentionally deceiving consumers by selling bread which he promoted as gluten free, when evidence shows it was not.


The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services began investigating Seelig after complaints flooded in regarding his breads that were sold at the North Carolina State Fair. An estimated 25 people have currently filed complaints against Seelig. Customers complained of reactions to his bread products ranging from rashes to vomiting & diarrhea.

State agriculture officials sent samples of Seelig's bread to a laboratory at the University of Nebraska (FDA facility), where test results confirmed the presence of gluten in his products. Tests of Seelig's products showed that his “gluten free” breads actually contained more than 5,000 parts of gluten per million; and for a product to be considered gluten free it must be less than 20 parts per million. However, Seelig still refuses to cooperate with authorities and provide information about where his breads come from. Therefor, a Judge ruled that Seelig cannot sell anymore products until he cooperates with investigators.

Seelig claims his breads have been rigorously tested for gluten. According to his website-which was shut down following a court order - it took two years of testing to make his gluten free bread. He also claims that if there was really gluten in his products, hundreds of complaints would have been filed against him.

Investigators say that Seelig is lying about his products, and at this point has not provided any evidence to prove otherwise. In fact, the investigation revealed information that Seelig's company, was buying gluten containing bread products from Tribecca Oven Company and repackaging the bread with gluten free labels. Additionally, according to Brian Long of the agriculture department, Seelig's company is run out of his house on Cardinal Lake Drive in Durham, North Carolina.

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Seelig is not new to the court system. In 2001, he spent 4 months in Nebraska prison for several counts of fraud. For his current trial, Seelig has been using various stalling methods in an attempt to delay his trial date, including, claims that he has H1N1, was quarantined due to staph infection, had cancer treatment and even a heart attack. Contrary to previous Judge rulings, recent reports indicate that the hearing has now been moved to 2/24/2010, and bail is set at $100,000 due to his high flight risk.

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Alessio Fasano at Mass General. or Maureen Leonard. Mass General has a Celiac disease program at the Children's Hospital there in Boston. You literally could not be any closer to the best. Good luck. http://www.massgeneral.org/children/services/treatmentprograms.aspx?id=1723 I went there as an adult and they do provide virtual visits once you're established as well. So if you're not very close to Boston that is probably also an option.

You need to get a full celiac panel including ttg, dgp, ema and overall iga. all of those should be ordered I would be suspicious of a doctor who did not order the entire panel. a lot of people on here including myself started off with a GI doctor who was not too Savvy with celiac disease and ended up having to get second opinions. you may want to consider getting the genetic tests as well however know that 30 to 40% of the population carries the gene it does not mean it will be activated. If you do not carry the gene It practically rules out Celiac. If you do carry it you will need to undergo further testing. do not stop eating gluten until all the testing has been done. a lot of folks make that mistake as well. Keep us posted. you should probably get some vitamin levels done as well iron, vitamin D, B12 to start.

These results, assuming you have been on a gluten free diet since the original tests in 2015, likely mean you are still being exposed to gluten which is why you still feel shitty. Go see a GI or go on a non processed gluten free no going out to eat strict diet for 3 months and see how you feel.

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