Protected: Advocate calls on community for FDA Action Plan

Interview with Gluten Free Watchdog founder Tricia Thompson, MS, RD, about her new FDA Action Plan What you can do: SIGN UP for Gluten Free Watchdog’s FREE email list to receive upcoming action alerts (“Subscribe to blog via email” in lower right column) FOLLOW Gluten Free Watchdog on Facebook and Twitter, then repost and retweet alerts, with FDA social media handles SUBSCRIBE to Gluten Free Watchdog to support testing and advocacy ($6.99/mo) and receive all product reports and benefits Why did you found Gluten Free Watchdog? I founded it in 2011 to make state-of-the-art gluten-free food testing data available directly to consumers. Most people are unaware that the FDA does not require manufacturers to test food before labeling it gluten-free. In many ways, it’s on the honor system. That’s why we test. In general, what is the level of safety of foods labeled gluten-free for those with gluten-related disorders? Testing by both the FDA and Gluten-Free Watchdog has found that the overwhelming majority of products labeled gluten-free are correctly labeled and safe to consume. Testing by the FDA found that over 99% of products are correctly labeled. At Gluten Free Watchdog the rate is closer to 95% because many of our tests are conducted at the request of subscribers with a specific concern. We do find some products that are misbranded. What is a “misbranded” product? When foods labeled “gluten-free”...

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Celiac Disease Awareness Night with the San Jose Earthquakes

ORDER TICKETS: USE PROMO CODE: GLUTENFREE Celiac Disease Awareness Night San Jose Earthquakes v. L.A. Galaxy @ Stanford Stadium Saturday, July 1st Game starts at 7:15PM Special thanks to our sponsors: Stanford Children’s Health – Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Muffin Revolution      Come early to enjoy the excitement in the Epicenter at Stanford Stadium from 4:00-7:00 pm, where our foundation will have a table with goodies to hand out from our sponsors. Enjoy a delicious gluten-free meal in the Epicenter before the game! Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile will be there with their food truck and an entirely gluten-free menu: Authentic Mexican food created...

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3 Potato 4: Baked Gluten-Free Fries With Toppings

Great opportunity to try 3 Potato 4 on Sunday, June 25th: “Baked Fries, Toppings and Fundraiser” at 3 Potato 4 at the Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton. More info: Join fellow members of the gluten-free community at this delicious fundraiser for Camp Celiac and the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California. Come any time between 11am and 7pm or arrive right at 1pm to join the San Francisco Celiac Meetup Group and meet some new gluten-free friends. By Vic Dolcourt Straight outta your gluten-free dreams Guenevere Blanchard, owner of the 3 Potato 4 restaurant in Pleasanton, CA, was inspired by crispy, delicious...

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Special Report: Arsenic in Rice

Three-Part Series What did you eat on your gluten-free diet today? A bagel, pancakes or toast for breakfast, a sandwich or pizza for lunch, stir-fry or pasta for dinner? Maybe a few crackers or cookies for a snack? These foods are all likely to contain rice (in ingredients like rice flour and brown rice syrup) and may contain harmful levels of arsenic, a known carcinogen. Children are even more vulnerable due to their size. Consumer Reports has warned the general population about arsenic in rice and called on the FDA to set limits. Those of us on a gluten-free...

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Thistle meal delivery: Healthy, mindful and high-tech

By Vic Dolcourt Ashwin Cheriyan and Shiri Avnery are committed to helping busy people eat mindfully and healthfully. They do that through Thistle, their Berkeley-based meal delivery service that emphasizes the benefits of organic, plant-based foods as well as sustainably raised meat. Thistle recently launched its delivery service in a few neighborhoods in Los Angeles, and is now offering once-a-week shipping to all California addresses with plans to expand to other states. “We’re really focused on four things,” said Ashwin. “First, we want to surprise and delight our patrons with our ever-changing menu of locally-sourced, plant-based organic foods; second, we want...

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