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Petition for Gluten-Free Labeling on White House Website

Celiac.com 10/08/2012 - Since 2004 when Congress passed the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act, sufferers of celiac disease have awaited some sort of finalized action from the FDA to set a rule for gluten-free labeling. The FDA proposed a gluten-free food labeling rule in 2007 and since then, there have been multiple open comment periods for it, but as of yet, there has been no finalized action to control gluten-free labeling in food products. In an effort to expedite this process, “Jennifer I” of Sebastopol, CA started a petition on the White House's official website.

Part of the concern driving this petition stems from the fact that for many, the gluten-free diet is one of necessity, not of choice. 'Gluten-free' has become something of a new marketing buzzword, as the diet's popularity has grown dramatically in recent years. This makes labeling more important than ever: companies seeking to cash in on a growing market may be tempted to cut corners and label products as gluten-free, when in fact they are not.

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Supposedly, the FDA will be finalizing their rule sometime this year. Whether or not they stick to that time frame, this petition is a quick and easy way of putting more pressure on the federal government to finalize a gluten-free labeling rule.

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Keith Harris
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08 Oct 2012 9:25:13 AM PDT
I appreciate being informed regarding this extremely important issue that affects the lives of those of us with celiac disease.

 
Muriel Weadick
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15 Oct 2012 11:15:43 AM PDT
In Canada our federal government finally dealt with this 'gluten-free' labelling problem - it was a half-hearted effort in my opinion because lobbyists derailed most of the specific requirements.As a result, manufacturers are still able to use "may" or "can" contain gluten - there does not appear to be any teeth to the legislation/regulations - so celiacs are marginally better off than before. I sincerely hope your government will continue Sen. Kennedy's efforts and withstand the lobby groups so that your regulations/laws are more stringent!

 
Peggy Dowzycki
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15 Oct 2012 5:06:56 PM PDT
I am for gluten-free labeling.

 
Loke
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15 Oct 2012 10:57:23 PM PDT
On the FDA web page they explain why they are taking so long. They have been doing a lot of studies to try to get this correct. The results of which are very interesting. The point most interesting to me as an extremely sensitive celiac is that how can they certify for less than 5ppm without the testing device that can register 0ppm. Good point! So even if dedicated gluten-free, there is no guarantee that the flours came from dedicated facilities and there is no test to guarantee that... hmmmm... I have given up on refined flours for this very reason.

 
Lori
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22 Oct 2012 7:54:54 PM PDT
This is such an important topic for those of us who MUST maintain a gluten-free diet. I just want to know as much as possible regarding the manufacturing process, then I can make an informed choice. My family is confused when I tell them a product labelled 'GLUTEN FREE' may actually contain more gluten than one that is not labelled, but has source ingredients and manufacturing processes that create an intrinsically gluten-free product.




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check out CoQ10, not related to celiac (as far as I know) but for balance issues.

remind your hubby, "if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody gonna be happy."

Thank you for all your help with this. I was also wondering if I could ask and hope you don't mind, will they be able to tell Celiac on the camera or will it be down to the biopsies they take? My endoscopy is on the 9th, and I am worried about not having enough gluten to show.

Vegetarian here too, celiac really makes it tough as all the Quorn meat replacement products bar the odd one or two are out Then there's all the scare sites saying only paleo type diets will repair your insides but guess what they're all heavily meat / fish based. @Ennis_TX has some good ideas for meals

Wow guys just read all the replies Thankyou all so much!!! There are so many things you've all said that has triggered a light bulb in my little head! The glasses may not be clean!! I will put this to a test. One night I'll stick to bottles of cider (double checked are gluten-free) another I'll try the Gin or William chase vodka if I can find it! And see the effects. if I loose many days due to these not working I'll see a practitioner and see what the deal is! Before I was diagnosed at Coeliac... I went to a herbalist who did a test and said corn is funny on my body!!! But then 18months later (when I became incontinant and lost a lot of weight) my bloods came back positive (after begging the docs and telling them it wasn't IBS) i don't tend to snack at bars on food but I must admit I never thought it could be the way it's served!! The humour and information has made me feel so much better thanks all xxx