Archive for February, 2011

 

Update on FDA’s Gluten-Free Food Labeling Rule

February 7th, 2011 by Tricia Thompson


Rhonda Kane, MS, RD, Consumer Safety Officer at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), provided us with the following status report on FDA’s gluten-free food labeling rulemaking:

The headquarters of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seen in Silver Spring, Maryland.

“FDA published a proposed rule to define the food labeling term “gluten-free” on January 23, 2007, which had a 90-day public comment period that closed on April 23, 2007.  As discussed on page 2803 of the proposed rule (posted under the subheading “Gluten-Free”), FDA committed to conducting a safety assessment on gluten exposure in individuals with celiac disease.  FDA conducted this safety assessment in accordance with the data quality criteria discussed in (more…)


Applebee’s Offering Gluten-free Options

February 7th, 2011 by Kimberly Bouldin

Gluten-free residents can add another restaurant to the growing list that will accommodate their needs - Applebee's.  Applebee's joins a host of many other restaurants that are now offering a list of menu items that don't contain gluten.  As noted, this list is subject to change, so make sure to check back frequently.  

As with any restaurant, there is always a risk of cross-contamination.  To help minimize the risk, ask to speak with the manager on duty.  Be sure to ask how the menu item is prepared and if it is cooked on surfaces or (more…)

[Editor's Note: Kettle Cuisine has since discontinued their line of frozen soups. You can read more about their decision by clicking here

All gone...we love our job!

Twenty years ago, doctors told Jerry Shafir that his baby daughter, Kate, had celiac disease.

In 2007, when the FDA recommended a standard for gluten free foods, Shafir, who owns Kettle Cuisine, applied his expertise in the soup industry and experience in the celiac disease community to develop gluten-free versions, so Kate and everyone on a gluten-free diet could enjoy the same delicious, hearty and nutritious foods that other people take for granted.

The result was an impressive line of 10 different soups, chilies and chowders, six of which we tried – and loved: New England Clam Chowder, Angus Beef Steak Chili with BeansTomato Soup with Garden Vegetables, Thai Curry Chicken Soup, Chicken Chili with White Beans, and Chicken Soup with Rice Noodles. The soups are 10 ounces each and serve one person.

Taste, mouth-feel, aroma and ease of preparation surpassed expectations.

Here is our review... (more…)

OTTAWA, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is being asked to act on the concerns of millions of Canadians with food allergies and celiac disease and listen to the advice of prominent national medical, consumer and health organizations and pass proposed federal food labelling regulations now. The Prime Minister is also encouraged to heed the results of a new public opinion poll showing close to 70% of Canadians want regulations to affect all pre-packaged food and beverages and not grant a special exemption for the beer industry.

According to Angus Reid Public Opinion, 67% of Canadians approve of the proposed rules so they apply to all food and beverage companies, while only 21% believe the government should change the proposed rules to exempt the brewery industry from (more…)

Jennifer Harris

Gluten-free Super Bowl Recipe Round Up

February 2nd, 2011 by Jennifer Harris

Photo source: http://insidecorner.dmagazine.com

Since the Super Bowl is this weekend, it seems fitting to round up all of the gluten-free recipes this Examiner can find.  We used to have fun hosting Super Bowl parties, but have since taken to just a quiet gathering.  When we hosted, some of my favorite dishes to prepare were: deviled eggs, seven layer dip, veggie tray, homemade dips (hot and cold), chili, wings from Allergy Free Foods, chicken nuggets from Applegate Farms, and brownies. Keep the menu simple and limit it to things you are comfortable preparing. No need to get stressed out on such a fun day of sports, commercials and of course gluten-free food.

Here are links to gluten-free Super Bowl recipes: (more…)

John Libonati

50% Off Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Eating

February 2nd, 2011 by John Libonati

Special limited time offer while supplies last. 50% off remaining inventory of "The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Eating" ($8.50 plus $4.95 shipping).

"This book was written to help you move as simply and easily as possible from a gluten-full to a gluten-free diet. It is chock full of all the basic information you need to get started on the diet and would make a nice companion book to "The Gluten-Free Nutrition Guide." It is written from a refreshingly unique (and often times funny) perspective as Eve (my co-author) went gluten-free while writing this book." ~Tricia Thompson, MS, RD

To be eligible for this promotion, this book must be purchased directly from (more…)