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Paul Seelig Found Guilty of Selling Fake Gluten-Free Bread Gets 11 Years

Paul Seelig Arrest Photo 04/12/2011 - Paul Seelig was found guilty today of 23 counts of obtaining property by false pretense after a two-week trial in Durham, NC. The jury found that he illegally represented baked goods as gluten-free, but they actually contained gluten. Mr. Seelig received an 11 year prison sentence for his crimes, which included the sickening of more than two dozen customers, one of whom had a premature delivery that was possibly caused by her involuntary gluten consumption.

Seelig's company, Great Specialty Products, purchased regular gluten-containing items from companies in New Jersey such as Costco, and then repackaged them in his home kitchen and sold them as "gluten-free" at the NC State Fair, various street fairs and via home delivery. Seelig claimed that his baked items were homemade in his company's 150,000-square-foot commercial kitchen, and that his company raised its own grains on its 400-acre farm. High gluten levels were detected by both customers and investigators in Seelig's supposedly gluten-free bread, even though he claimed that he tested his bread weekly for gluten and found none. Mr. Seelig could not produce any of his test results at trial.

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12 Apr 2011 3:01:41 PM PST
And he deserves all 11 years. Now that chef needs to be prosecuted, too.

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18 Apr 2011 9:52:47 AM PST
I totally agree with Hallie. It's difficult enough to stay gluten free, without being deliberately sabotaged by some low life, that has no regards for his fellow man.

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18 Apr 2011 1:24:44 PM PST
Even Betty Crocker has gluten-free mixes now, which is to say the issue is really mainstream and this case should have been aired on mainstream TV. Given the life threatening event I experienced due to my unknown sensitivity and reaction to gluten I say put that idiot away for at least 50 years!

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18 Apr 2011 7:12:22 PM PST
Now, if some restaurant's that claim to have gluten free and don't follow rules for cross-contamination should also be held accountable. We are so glad that this one person will have a long to think about he did!

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01 May 2011 6:25:54 PM PST
Well Tasty Bite Brand foods is doing the same thing! Their Barley Medley is marked gluten free on the package! Fortunately, I knew better than to purchase that one but now I'm wondering if they even know what gluten is and I've been using their other foods for years.

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