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August 17, 2011
Do you want to comment on FDA’s proposal on gluten-free labeling but you’re not sure exactly how to frame your message or even where to send it? Here’s help. The American Celiac Disease Alliance (ACDA) and the other folks behind the 1in133 event (when the tallest gluten-free cake was unveiled last May in DC) have written a community letter that you can sign.
It’s easy. Go to http://1in133.org/proposal for the letter and fill out the quick form provided. Then click on “Submit.” That’s it.
Basically, ACDA’s letter supports FDA’s proposal that gluten-free standards be based on less than 20 ppm gluten content. In other words, if a product contains <20 ppm gluten, it can rightfully be labeled “gluten free.”
This <20 ppm has been adopted for use throughout the European Union via the Codex Alimentarius. Research conducted by Dr. Carlo Catassi and colleagues at the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research has indicated that <20 ppm standard is safe for most individuals with celiac disease.
Leading medical expert Dr. Stefano Guandalini, medical director of the Celiac Disease Center at the University of Chicago, shares his expert analysis of the standard at http://1in133.org/proposal/resources/assessment.
If you’ve got questions about all this (and who doesn’t?), this FAQ link is helpful: http://1in133.org/info/Labeling-Resources.php#FAQ.
Thanks for taking the time to make your views known on this very important topic.
Go gluten free!!