Days to Clear GF Labeling
This site is a collaboration between the founders of 1in133.org, Jules Shepard and John Forberger, and the American Celiac Disease Alliance.
11:00 a.m - 4:30 - Cake Building (all are welcome)
We are developing opportunities to brief staffers on Capitol Hill and meet with individual Congressional Representatives - watch for details.
5 p.m. - 8:30 - VIP Reception (donors & invited guests)
With distinguished speakers, including Dr. Alessio Fasano
Finger Foods by chef extraordinaire Aaron Flores and local restaurants serving gluten-free menu items
(Everyone is welcome, donations kindly requested. Please RSVP to Info@1in133.org First 300 attendees receive a "swag bag" full of gluten-free magazines and goodies provided by our sponsors)
All Day - Individuals are encouraged to make appointments with their Representative and Senators to discuss the need for gluten-free labeling standards. Not sure how to do this? See "Coming to the Summit".
U.S. Now Has A Gluten-Free Labeling Standard
It’s Official! The FDA has announced the nation’s gluten-free labeling standard. Products labeled ‘gluten-free’ must contain less than 20ppm. Food manufacturers are encouraged to adopt the new standard immediately, though have until next August 2014 to come into compliance.
Today’s action could not have happened without the leadership of Congresswoman Nita Lowey of New York, and number of dedicated folks at FDA, in particular, Deputy Commissioner for Foods Mike Taylor, who understood why gluten-free labeling is vitally important to individuals with celiac disease and gluten-sensitivity.
The American Celiac Disease Alliance released the following statement in response to FDA’s announcement:
NEW STANDARD FOR GLUTEN-FREE LABELING PROTECTS PATIENTS, PROVIDES ACCOUNTABILITY FOR FOOD MANUFACTURERS
Long Awaited Regulation Will Make It Easier For Americans To Follow A Gluten-Free Diet
ALEXANDRIA, VA – August 2, 2013 – The American Celiac Disease Alliance (ACDA), the nation’s leading celiac disease advocacy organization, today applauded the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for establishing a federal standard for gluten-free labeling. The long-awaited regulation will help to ensure that individuals with celiac disease have the basic information necessary to manage their health and is the result of a decade-long effort led by the ACDA, which represents patients and those serving the celiac community.
The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 required the Secretary of Health and Human Services to set labeling standards to aid the estimated 3 million Americans with celiac disease. Today, the only treatment for the genetic, autoimmune condition is to follow a strict gluten-free diet.
The new rule will require products bearing a gluten-free label to contain less than 20 parts per million (ppm) or 20mg/kg of gluten, a level research has found to be safe. Gluten is the common name for the protein found in all forms of wheat, as well as rye, barley and triticale, and is harmful to persons with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. A similar international standard was adopted as part of the Codex Alimentarius in 2008, and implemented in the European Union last year.
“A decade ago, our research determined that the prevalence of celiac disease in the United States was 1 in 133. Even then it was obvious that patients could not safely manage their diet without better labeling requirements,” noted Dr. Alessio Fasano, Director of the Center for Celiac Research at MassGeneral Hospital. “The FDA has devoted years of work to make sure the standard issued today was safe for celiac patients. Our research supports that standard,” he added.
“We have worked closely with the FDA, providing input and offering the expertise of our members to make sure the rule met the needs of patients and minimized the impact on the ability of food manufacturers to deliver products to market,” said ACDA President Beth Hillson. “Now, we must turn our focus to partnering with FDA to educate patients, health professionals and industry about the standard and how it will benefit the entire community.”
Effective August 5, 2014, companies opting to label their products as gluten-free will be required to comply with the standard of less than 20ppm gluten. Once in place, celiac and gluten-sensitive consumers will be able to choose products with confidence.
“Creating a uniform definition for what gluten free means across all products will enable them to safely and easily navigate through the ever-expanding gluten free product aisles,” said TJ McIntyre, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Boulder Brands. The standard will also dramatically reduce the amount of time celiac and gluten-sensitive consumers spend contacting companies to obtain the information necessary to determine if a product is safe.
Scott Mandell, CEO of Enjoy Life Foods emphasized, “Our company is excited to know there is a clear standard and guidelines for making a gluten-free claim.” The company has been a pioneer in tracing the sources of ingredients used in its products, which are free from the top eight allergens as well. “Without a doubt, this standard will ease anxiety and confusion for those who must adhere to the gluten-free diet for medical reasons."
The year FALCPA was signed into law, sales of gluten-free products were $560 million, and rose to $4.2 billion last year. By 2017, the sales of gluten-free foods and beverages are expected to exceed $6.6 billion. The skyrocketing growth in the market increased the need for FDA’s action to set a national gluten-free standard.
The regulation was published today in the Federal Register. For more information:
Cupcakes With A Cause
In May 2011, news outlets from coast to coast were buzzing about gluten-free labeling. Activist chefs gathered in Washington, DC, to build the world's tallest gluten free cake, while advocates hosted a summit for gluten-free labeling.
Congress and the FDA heard us and we ate cake!
This year, it was cake for one. Everyone was invited to make cupcakes - - one for every gluten-free year. Our Cupcakes With A Cause received over 80 entries and they were AMAZING! From an individual diagnosed a mere 9 months ago to several with decades of behind them. Moms, dads, and Girl Scouts all joined in the celebration. The call for cupcakes was even heard from as far away as Venezuela!
The grand prize is awarded to Paula Navarette for the most ‘likes’ and her darling clown design. Congratulations! To view all the entries go to our pinterest site.
Other winners include:
2nd - Carly Orgren (37)
3rd - Megan Maloney (34)
1st - Erica Nafzier, Marshmallow sheep cupcakes
2nd - Jennifer Lantz, Very Hungry Caterpiller
3rd – Pablo Douros, GF Guitar
1st – Lainey Beeftink, Apple Pie cupcakes
2nd - Jennifer Ward, Chocolate Stout Cupcakes - made with Green's Dubbel Dark Ale
3rd – Kyra Bussanich, GF Persian Love Cake (cardamom, saffron and pistachio) cupcakes
Longest Diagnosed – Lisa Gluten Free Find, 34 years
Newest Diagnosed – Carly Orgren, 9 months
Kids Over 12
1st - Dominick Cura
2nd - Liza Greenburg
Suzette Hotta Reagan’s Brownie / Girl Scout Troop. The troop made awareness month posters and decorated cupcakes in recognition of Suzette’s daughter, a fellow Brownie.
Nefer Cookies. Demonstrating that awareness efforts are underway throughout the world in May, they joined our celebration by sending an entry from Caracus, Venezuela.
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