Get FDA to Require Gluten Status on Food Labels
The FDA has improved it's labeling laws to include the top 8 allergies: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish , soy and wheat. However, it is still very difficult for individuals with Celiac Disease and/or those who must adhere to a gluten-free diet to determine which foods are safe to consume, since 'wheat free' does not mean 'gluten-free'. Let's change these laws! The FDA recently created standards for labeling a product 'gluten-free' but it is strictly voluntary for a company to label their product(s) as gluten-free. Celiac Disease is becoming a condition that more doctors are accurately diagnosing. It is estimated that 1 in 133 people have Celiac Disease (this includes undiagnosed cases), which is approximately 3 millions individuals in the U.S. We need to work to get the FDA to require manufacturers to include the gluten status of their products, either with the certified GF symbol or adding gluten to the allergens listed on the back of products (under the ingredients list). Manufacturers can use a fast test called the 'gliadin test' to determine if their product(s) are gluten-free in just 90 minutes. This short length of time (just a single ninety minute session, unless ingredients change and then another test would be necessary) can make a world of difference to individuals with gluten intolerance's health and peace of mind. THANK YOU!!!