Going Gluten-FreeMay 9, 2012

Gluten in Your Medications...Gluten-Free Labeling...And Cupcakes for a Cause

Over the past several days, we’ve been closely watching the national bill that was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Nita Lowey (D-NY). The Gluten in Medicine Identification Act of 2012 (HR 4972) would require pharmaceutical manufacturers to label the source of drug ingredients—a huge issue for those who are gluten free. Unfortunately, the bill didn’t make it out of committee (because it didn’t get a Republican sponsor). But two things are notable:

First, 6,200 people signed letters in support of the bill.

Second, all five of the national celiac organizations united behind the bill.

This groundswell of unanimous support, which occurred almost spontaneously, shows that the gluten-free world can speak with one voice. Folks, we are a group that’s multi-millions of people strong. When we get on the same page behind important issues like this one, we can make things happen.

Which brings me to the FDA and its proposed guidelines on gluten-free labeling on food products. The FDA says it will rule on GF labeling guidelines by the end of September.

Last year, Living Without was part of the team that met in Washington DC to talk to Congress about the importance of gluten-free labeling. That evening, to bring public attention to this issue, we gathered with many others around the world’s tallest gluten-free cake.

This year, in place of a huge cake, the American Celiac Disease Alliance is asking everyone who likes to bake to make cupcakes. This cupcake party is to commemorate the personal impact the FDA’s rule-making will have on each of us. We hope you’ll join the fun! There are contests and prizes. Giveaways include all sorts of gluten-free gifts. Check out the details at www.1in133.org

If you make cupcakes, take photos of them and post your pictures on the event site: https://www.facebook.com/events/299735400109718 or on the Alliance’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/AmericanCeliacAlliance. Our food editor, Beth Hillson, made 36 cupcakes for her and 19 more for her son (the number of years they have been celiac). She designed them to make the numbers. 

This is for a good cause—and the time couldn’t be better since May is Celiac (and gluten-free) Awareness Month. Cheers to gluten-free labeling!

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