|The FDA gluten free standards were promised in 2007, but they are still unclear. While I get that it is not always clear about what is or isn’t gluten free, I don’t think that we Celiacs or others who need gluten free for health reasons should suffer. I love that more and more companies are realizing the need for gf, but some are also taking the issue lightly. For example, Post has made a big deal about their Fruity/Cocoa pebbles being gf, but it wasn’t when we tried it recently. Many companies are using the lack of guidelines to self-certify leaving Celiacs sick and many other companies make you jump through hoops to get non-specific answers. It is like a slap in the face to see Gluten Free in big, bright letters on packages, cereal boxes, or magazine ads knowing how sick some foods have made me & my 2 youngest kids. I hate that Gluten Free has become a fad where companies skimp on the actual gluten free part along with charging outrageous prices, but boast that it is gluten free anyways. I don’t like trying new companies, foods, etc… unless I contact the company to find out what exactly gluten free is to them. Gluten Free is not a choice in our house, Gluten Free is a way of keeping us thriving! I know that some of my readers aren’t gluten free or maybe not understand how it affects our lives. However, as a parent or anyone for that matter who can empathize with everyone deserving the basic need to be healthy. Read below to see the unresolved progress and PLEASE whether you are gluten free or not, take the time to to let Congress and the FDA know that you want FDA to finally act on the near three year old Congressional mandate that the FDA establish a standard for “Gluten Free,” contact them today through the American Celiac Disease Alliance.
FDA Definition for Voluntary Labeling
|When the definition is final and is published in the United States Congressional Federal Register, the CSA national office will post the information to the CSA website, or link to the FDA website, www.FDA.gov, for the announcement and details.|
2009 –The proposed FDA definition from 2007 remains in draft form. A survey was proposed in the summer of 2009. This has evolved into three, twelve member focus groups in 2009 and 2010 rather than an extensive on-line survey.
The purposes of the survey:
2008 — The proposed FDA definition from 2007 remained in draft form.
2007 — The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a regulation that defines the term “gluten-free” for voluntary use on product labeling.
FDA Gluten Free Standards: haven’t we waited long enough?
March 25, 2011