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FDA recently made the 20 ppm gluten free rule official. Companies have a year or so to comply. Will this mean that barley, rye and oats have to be declared under the new FDA ruling (like in Canada) or will it still be just wheat?
The American Celiac Disease Alliance is sponsoring a letter writing campaign to support HR 2003 for labeling gluten in medicines in the USA. Clicking the link below will take you to an online form you can use to submit an email message supporting the bill. Please consider doing this is you are a citizen of the USA. Thanks! Keep Patients Safe Disclose Drug Ingredients- The Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act, H.R. 2003 http://www.capwiz.com/celiac/issues/alert/?alertid=61274486&type=CO Keep Patients Safe Disclose Drug Ingredients- The Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act, H.R. 2003 I am writing to ask you to co-sponsor The Gluten in Medicine Disclosure, HR 2003. The inactive ingredients in some medicines are sourced from wheat, which can cause harm to the 3 million people with celiac disease and the untold millions with non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Current law does not require the source of inactive ingredients of medication to be identified. Without labeling, patients, pharmacists and prescribers don't know if suspect ingredients contain gluten unless they investigate. Manufacturers may identify the inactive ingredient as "starch," but not say if it is derived from corn, tapioca, or wheat. Websites rarely list the information needed, and phone calls during business hours can result in a days-long wait for an answer. Pharmacists and prescribing healthcare providers of individuals on a medically required gluten-free diet must have immediate access to the source of inactive ingredients. Ready access to this information will ensure patients receive timely care and prevent unnecessary harm. The Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act, H.R. 2003, will solve this problem. Identifying the source of inactive ingredients in drug products will give the consumer, pharmacist and prescriber the information needed to make an informed choice. Industry can support it as it does not impose a financial burden on the manufacturer. All of the national celiac organizations endorse this bill: American Celiac Disease Alliance, Celiac Disease Foundation, Celiac Sprue Association, Gluten Intolerance Group and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. Please co-sponsor this important legislation and urge your colleagues to pass it without delay.
Celiac.com 03/16/2004 - The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed S. 741, which includes the Food Allergen Labeling and Protection Act. The key labeling provisions are: Require that food ingredient statements identify in everyday terminology that an ingredient is itself, or derived from, the top eight food allergens -- peanuts, tree nuts, fish, Crustacean shellfish, eggs, milk, soy, and wheat; Require food ingredient statements to identify food allergens used in spices, natural or artificial flavorings, additives, and colorings; Require all foods to be re-labeled by January 1, 2006; Require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue a rule defining the term gluten-free and permitting use of the term on food labeling, and; Require a final rule regarding the voluntary use of gluten-free on food labels be issued not later than four years after this bill becomes law. This historic, bipartisan vote, sends a LOUD and clear message to the House of Representatives -- its time to fix food labels. Thank you for all your work to bring the celiac community to this point. Scream and shout today, tomorrow we tackle the House of Representatives. -American Celiac Task Force
Celiac.com 11/25/2003 - On Friday, November 21, 2003, the Senate HELP Committee took a major step toward improving the nations food labeling laws. The Committee, led by Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), unanimously passed legislation requiring the top 8 allergens -- peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, soybeans, shellfish, fish, and wheat -- to be listed on food labels by their common or usual name, or by source of the ingredient. The measure also requires the Secretary of HHS to develop rules for the use of the term gluten-free on food labels. The "Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2003" is now Title II of S. 741. Todays action by the HELP Committee demonstrates that our unified efforts are making a difference. The SINGLE voice of the celiac community was heard, and taken seriously. All of us deserve credit for getting this far. Next up, the Senate Floor. Thanks for your help, Andrea Levario and Allison Herwitt Co-Chairs, Legislative Project American Celiac Task Force http://www.celiaccenter.org/taskforce.asp E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org