Gluten-Free Summit Planned, and Not a Moment Too Soon

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One person in 133 is gluten intolerant, and they're joining forces to hold the first Gluten Free Food Labeling Summit. The group 1in133.org will host the May 4 event in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to get legislators and food producers to follow the 2007 Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act. The law called for the FDA to create standards in labeling gluten-free foods. Four years later it hasn't happened, so the growing legions of gluten-free activists are going to try to persuade lawmakers to get on the stick. The incentive?

The world's largest gluten-free cake.

May marks the first observation of National Celiac Awareness Month. Celiac disease, which causes gluten intolerance, is an autoimmune disorder triggered by consumption of gluten from wheat, barley and rye.

It's not soon enough for people who bought baked goods from Durham, North Carolina, "baker" Paul Seelig.

Seelig was sentenced to eleven years in prison this week for selling baked goods he labeled as gluten-free that weren't. He was convicted of 23 counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Seelig bought products such as bagels and bread, repackaged them with gluten-free labels and sold them at fairs and through home delivery.

Because the standards for gluten-free labeling haven't been instated, Seelig's conviction sets a precedent in making food producers responsible for what they label gluten-free.

While the gluten-free summit and cases like Seelig's are good news for honesty in food labeling, it probably won't do much to improve the quality of gluten-free products. Our San Francisco sister paper SF Weekly recently reviewed the new gluten-free hot dog at AT&T Park, home of baseball's Giants. Apparently it sucks.

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gluten free foods restaurants

 If you can't determine menus about a restaurant or café before leaving your house, then telephone ahead. Perhaps make certain you have a couple of choices in the area, just in case a 'gluten free' restaurant is just claiming the certification to increase patrons, but knows zero about gluten free. Trust me, it happens more than you might think.

gluten free foods restaurants
gluten free foods restaurants

 As general awareness of the disease grows, so too does the gluten free product range. Existing brands are branching into the gluten free food market and specialised companies are on the rise. You need no longer scour the shelves of quirky health food shops in obscure locations to find something suitable to your diet. Most major supermarket chains now provide dedicated sections for coeliac and allergy sufferers with an array of tasty alternatives to the gluten-based variety on offer.

gluten free foods restaurants
gluten free foods restaurants

 While mostly everyone else is eating bread, and you are searching for news about their gluten free credentials from their chef your are starting to feel emptier and probably more frustrated. If you feed yourself before you leave or take some snacks with you, you will be ensured of being able to take your time at the gluten free restaurant.

gluten free foods restaurants
gluten free foods restaurants

 If you can't determine menus about a restaurant or café before leaving your house, then telephone ahead. Perhaps make certain you have a couple of choices in the area, just in case a 'gluten free' restaurant is just claiming the certification to increase patrons, but knows zero about gluten free. Trust me, it happens more than you might think.

Gluten Intolerance
Gluten Intolerance

There are thousands of people, companies, restaurants and bakery are aware of celiac disease and gluten intolerance as they recognize and discussed online how this illness kills. And he must suffer to jail from selling wrong labeled cakes.

RobM
RobM

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Custom Choice Cereal

Thanks for helping to raise awareness for this great event! Paul Seelig operated his fraudulent gluten-free "bakery" right here in our front yard in Durham, so it's something that we've been able to follow very closely. While this case sets a precedent for gluten-free labeling enforcement, it 7 years overdue that the FDA passes standards!

Also read about the awful experience your sister paper SF Weekly wrote about; apparently the hot dog bun was so bad that it even "beat" the 1991 pizza experience. That says it all. Not sure what supplier was used for the hot dog bun but there certainly are decent and even good gluten-free options out there. Maybe they are just not "economically feasible" for a baseball stadium's food concession stands...

RobM
RobM

This is a great article. Gluten free is not easy but it is not as hard as it use to be. If gluten intolerance could be treated by a drug it would be 1st page news! Here you can find some of the best tasting gluten free foods from Glutensolutions.com We have been serving the gluten free community for over 12 years and to show our appreciation here is a sale on Snyders Gluten Free pretzels! Only $1.96 Yum.

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