Gluten Free Irish Drinks Warnings

Gluten Free St. Patrick Day Alcohol Warnings

Every St. Patrick’s Day, millions of people eat out and drink out. If you are gluten intolerant, it makes it difficult to do so, especially with Irish spirit. If you are gluten intolerant or have celiac disease and you do not tolerate alcohol made from gluten grains, see the information below. The newest recommendation is for manufacturers to not label their alcohols gluten free if they are derived from gluten grains. Read more about it at Gluten Free Alcohol Defined. Meanwhile, I have you covered. Read the below and find a recipe for an alternative Bailey’s Irish Cream. Continue reading “Gluten Free Irish Drinks Warnings”

Review of Delaying the FDA Gluten Free Final Rule

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The FDA gluten free final rule is set to go into effect August 5, 2014. United States offices reviewed the financial impact. Learn the Final Regulatory Impact Analysis and the Regulatory Flexibility Analysis.

Currently, there are approximately 5% (or 1,096) products that are labeled gluten free that do not meet the FDA gluten free final rule. The FDA estimates that approximately 19,000 individuals diagnosed with celiac disease consume these foods on a daily basis. Each one of these individual are at risk of consuming 50 mg of gluten daily. Continue reading “Review of Delaying the FDA Gluten Free Final Rule”

Breaking News: FDA Finalizes Gluten Free Labeling Laws

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After years of pressure from the gluten free community for The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finalize the gluten free labeling laws (actually rules, not laws), the wait is over. Today the FDA announced the definition of “gluten-free” for food labeling. Those with celiac disease and gluten intolerance will soon be able to rest assured that food labeled gluten free is safe to consume, for most. Continue reading “Breaking News: FDA Finalizes Gluten Free Labeling Laws”

Gluten Free Labeling Laws 2013

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The gluten free diet is more than just a popular trend. Those with celiac disease or gluten-intolerance often experience side effects to minute portions of gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and most oats. It is estimated that 1 in 133 Americans have celiac disease, alone. Unfortunately, most are not aware they have it. Band together, the celiac and gluten free community demanded gluten free labeling laws. While the FDA does not create laws, they do establish rules. Finally, after 8 years, the FDA has forwarded their finalized ruling. Continue reading “Gluten Free Labeling Laws 2013”

New Gluten Free Labeling Regulations in Canada

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After much discussion between Health Canada* and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)**, they have now reached an agreement on gluten free labeling and more. Beginning August 4, 2012, the new regulations for gluten labeling and allergens, that were announced 18 months prior, go into effect. In addition to gluten, such ingredients as sulphites will also need to be listed as an allergen on labels. The new regulations will effect most prepackaged food, wine and spirits, as well as prepackaged fruit. Continue reading “New Gluten Free Labeling Regulations in Canada”

New Gluten Free Alcohol Ruling by U.S. TTB

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The TTB (Department of the Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau)’s Ruling 2012-2, Interim Policy on Gluten Content Statements in the Labeling and Advertising of Wines, Distilled Spirits, and Malt Beverages was made on May 25, 2012. Their ruling offers guidance to alcohol beverage manufacturers who desire to place a gluten free label on their products or wish to advertise an item as gluten free.

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NFCA Amber Designation Suspended

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In April of this year, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) kick started their Amber Designation for restaurants. The Amber Designation was one of their two-tier designation in their GREAT Kitchens program. In an effort to distinguish gluten free food from safe gluten free food, they provided two designations: green for safe and and amber, designating gluten free ingredients, but may contain gluten cross contamination. Continue reading “NFCA Amber Designation Suspended”

FDA’s Gluten-Free Labeling: Submit Your Comments by the Deadline

If you haven’t read how to add your comments to the FDA’s Regulations on gluten-free labeling, you may read the instructions and about the issue at I updated that post so you will know how to view comments left by others, as well. Below, I share my comment that I left for the FDA on gluten-free labeling. I hope you submit yours today, before the October 3, 2011 deadline.

I not only commented on gluten-free labeling, but on “low gluten” labeling. See the comment that I left below: Continue reading “FDA’s Gluten-Free Labeling: Submit Your Comments by the Deadline”