Consumers Still Waiting on FDA to Clearly Define “Gluten-Free”
Seven years ago, Congress first ordered the FDA to define what it means for a product to be gluten-free under the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004. Now, four full years after the imposed deadline for this information to be available to the public, consumers are still waiting for an answer.
The FDA has spent years calling upon experts to have open-forum debates, town hall meetings — we’ve been having reiteration and reiteration. They’ve been reiterating and listening to Grandma, Grandpa, people on the street corners. . . . I really don’t understand why it’s lingering up in the air when it really should be a no-brainer.
Meanwhile, the combined 20 million estimated Americans who suffer gluten intolerance, celiac disease, gluten allergy and other conditions which preclude the ingestion of gluten, are left to depend on voluntary labeling from the food industry itself — not always a trustworthy source for such sensitive health information. A gluten-free advocacy group, “1 in 333″ (representing the number of Americans who suffer from gluten-related health problems) hosted the Gluten-Free Food Labeling Summit, an event in Washington D.C. on May 4th, 2011, to bring awareness to the urgent need for the gluten-free labeling issue to be resolved. The group went to Capitol Hill to present lawmakers with the world’s largest gluten-free cake.
TAKE ACTION: Sign the petition here to demand the Food and Drug Administration act now to define “gluten-free” for labeling and food-packaging purposes!
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