Friday, August 29, 2014
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It's coming again to the greater NYC area, Gluten & Allergen Free Expo will be in Secaucus, NJ on September 6th and 7th, 2014. At this event, you'll learn about new brands that fit your lifestyle choices and some of your favorites may be launching new products. Act fast to win free tickets or 20% off.
But don't only attend for the vendors because this year you should check out the schedule of classes and presenters, then gather your family and friends buy tickets or search for a hotel in the area and enjoy NYC, CT, or the beach.
TALK TO EACH VENDORAlways be sure to double and triple check with each brand marketing team at the show to be sure they are backing up their food claims as gluten and allergen free products, despite what is labeled on their packaging. Some brands only source these safer ingredients, but don't validate their claims through third party vendors who ensure there was no cross-contamination via batch testing in laboratories safely. In our real world, we always need to ask these tough questions for or own safety. It's only fair. This accountability is how each of us and our community can stay healthy and demand safety claims be respected. If they don't back up their claim, be wary and let them know that you won't support them until they do the right thing. I'll see you there! Blog with me @GlutenFreeG
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
EDUCATE THE WORLD
As an old friend once said, "knowing is half the battle." These FDA gluten-free guidelines are not a law yet, but they're a step forward to deter the corruption in the gluten-free community from those who don't take it serious or are ignorant. And it's a mess! This is to educate owners, entrepreneurs, chefs, cooks, general managers, waiters, brands, marketers, retailers, brokers, neighbors and shoppers about the seriousness of gluten related cross contamination as a health concern that gluten is a damaging protein found in food grains that cause people to get very ill. The FDA has put together a guideline for how to label and prepare gluten-free in the USA which is behind many countries progression. Remember, despite it's many faults, shortcomings such as testing for <20 ppm levels vs testing for lower quantities, it's a good step into the right place and I am happy it's officially in the books. Take notes and learn more about the gluten-free lifestyle form @GlutenFreeG.
- Brands of gluten-fee products have and will continue to make gluten-free food from ingredients stored and manufactured in a non regulated facility. This means that the food processing machines and other kitchen equipment have microscopic gluten stuck inside the gears, tools, engines, and belts along with the storage of mixed gluten and non-gluten bulk materials, which we all know is a No, No.
- Restaurants are very busy places and therefore full of cross-contamination. For them to claim gluten-free is a joke, but some try their best to separate ingredients. With a mix of educated and ignorant chefs, runners, servers and managers how can you deliver a safe gluten-free product without disclaimers all over your menu - And will the disclaimer on the menu finally disappear or the gluten-free offering be put to bed?
- Some Gluten-Free Shoppers are on the band wagon and believe it's only a fad, but willing to try it. Other simply hate gluten-free food and people! Regardless, most doctors, scientists and educated consumers can read enough data that clearly show gluten-free is a rising trend. Replacing gluten related food with natural vegetables, fruit, nuts, meat, poultry and fish and avoiding gluten contamination is a very logical way of eating like our ancestors and avoiding MANY health risks apparent in the USA today.
WERE YOU GLUTENED? REPORT IT
If a restaurant or product claimed “gluten-free” but got you sick, and you can tell this story accurately, then report them to FDA immediately here. I'd also suggest taking pictures of food, place and get names of those involved. Be well, be safe an report violations so that others do not also get sick. Thank you. http://www.fda.gov/safety/reportaproblem/%20consumercomplaintcoordinators/
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