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The FDA Needs to Enforce the Gluten-Free Labeling Rule

By • Jennifer Iscol • Comment now on the Citizen Petition to the FDA “[W]ithout prompt and effective enforcement of the gluten-free labeling rule for the small but intractable fraction of companies that do not comply with it, the rule is considerably weakened and its purpose thwarted. A relatively small investment in enforcement would have a significant positive impact for those suffering from celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders.” Excerpt from our foundation’s comment to the FDA (full comment at end of post) Products labeled gluten-free must contain less than 20 parts per million (ppm) gluten, but the Food and Drug...

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FDA proposal on gluten in drugs is inadequate

By • Jennifer Iscol • Submit a comment to the FDA today Celiac disease advocates have been asking the Food and Drug Administration to address the issue of gluten in drugs for over 10 years. As anyone with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity can attest, it is often difficult or impossible to tell if a medication contains gluten. Gluten in drugs is rare, but without appropriate labeling there is often no way to tell if it is present in a given product. In December 2017, the FDA finally published a proposal; it encourages, but does not require, drug companies to label for gluten. We believe...

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Firefly Restaurant in San Francisco

By • Vic Dolcourt • Bradley Levy, owner of the Firefly Restaurant in Noe Valley, must be doing something right. The successful fine-dining establishment has been in business for 25 years, satisfying both gluten-free and non-gluten-free diners. I’d heard about Firefly, but I wanted to find out more. Below is our conversation, edited for brevity. Vic: Twenty-five years is an achievement, Brad. San Francisco is a competitive environment. What makes Firefly tick? Brad: We focus on our employees and customers. We hire creative people who are interested in making customers happy. We promote from within. Our culinary staff is encouraged to...

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Stanford Health Day
at the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo

 All the talks are now available on YouTube Recorded November 18, 2017, at Stanford Health Day at the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo at the San Mateo Events Center   Presenters: Peter H.R. Green, MD Keynote speaker Director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University and Phyllis and Ivan Seidenberg Professor of Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. Bio | Celiac Disease Center   Nielsen Fernandez-Becker, MD, PhD Director of the Celiac Disease Program at Stanford Health Care, board-certified gastroenterologist, motility specialist and Clinical Assistant Professor in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Stanford University. Bio |...

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Disaster Aid: Celiac Disease and Food Allergies

The Gluten-Free Disaster Relief Task Force, a national coalition, helped provide people with celiac disease and food allergies access to safe food and other resources following natural disasters Last updated: March 29, 2018 About the Gluten-Free Disaster Relief Task Force The task force was founded by the following individuals and institutions in response to the devastating series of hurricanes and wildfires in fall/winter 2017-18: Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (Susie Flaherty, Communications Director) Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN) National Celiac Association (Lee Graham, Executive Director) National Celiac Association’s Gluten-Free Food...

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