We live in a world that is gluten free, peanut free, dairy free, etc to accommodate for the differing allergies, intolerances and autoimmune diseases that we see in the world. Gluten free has become a buzz word and everyone thinks that if it doesn’t have wheat, it’s safe for consumption.
Not the case.
Last August the FDA created a mandate that said that anything labeled gluten free must be 20ppm or less of gluten. While I considered it a win, a step for those of us that need to be gluten free, it’s not enough.
Here is how I see it: if something was labeled peanut free but still had 20ppm or less of peanut dust in it, it wouldn’t be labeled peanut free, right? I mean, if someone ate something that was labeled this way and had a peanut allergy it would still cause a reaction. Probably death.
So, why is it good enough for something that is labeled “gluten free” to have SOME gluten in it? It’s not.
It’s time for gluten free to mean that. FREE of gluten. Zero, zilch, nada. A little bit can still hurt someone who is Celiac (or has a wheat allergy or intolerance) and for a Celiac, just 1/64th of a teaspoon can cause damage. Damage that could take months to heal.
So Celiacs, let’s stand together and show these companies, and the FDA, that gluten free must be FREE of that that makes us sick!