A little bit of hump-day activism, from our friends at the American Celiac Disease Alliance:
Because of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA), top allergens are now clearly labeled on foods. I’m sure I’m not the only one who sends a big mental “Thanks!” to the FDA every time I can easily see if a food has wheat in it.
But, as we all know, wheat and gluten have a square-rectangle relationship: all wheat has gluten, but not all gluten comes from wheat. FALCPA had another component, specifically to address this:
It was supposed to finish standardizing labeling requirements for gluten-free foods. By 2008. Which was 3 years ago.
We’ve talked about gluten-free label standards before, and how they sort-of-don’t-really exist. At least, not in uniform, government-mandated form.
If you’d like to see this change, the American Celiac Disease Alliance has put up a page that makes it easy to get in touch with the relevant parties. You can visit their page to take action for GF labeling.
There is a box for you to enter your ZIP code and get information on your local officials, and two larger boxes above it with links urging you to Tell FDA. Clicking on either brings you a formatted message that you can email right from the site. Super-easy, super-quick.
Celiac.com has also published the call to action for GF labeling, along with a call to spread the word in as many celiac-friendly places as possible.
Have you seen the call anywhere else? Have you contacted the FDA yet to urge a resolution?