Gluten sensitivity, gluten allergies and celiac disease are potentially deadly medical conditions.
We received the following letter from the Colorado Office of Consumer Protection and were heartened to see the State of Colorado take the needs of people with gluten disorders seriously.
Dear Mr. Libonati, Thank you for contacting the Colorado Attorney General's office with your concern and providing the information listed in your complaint. Our office would encourage any consumer who has been directly affected by chef Damian Cardone or any other chef in Colorado who misrepresents their cooking and preparation practices to file a formal complaint with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Safety (CDPHS) - Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability. CDPHS may be reached by using the following information: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South Denver, Colorado 80246 Phone: (303) 692-3645 Fax: (303) 753-6809 http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/cp/index.html Additionally, consumers who have been affected by chef Damian Cardone or any other chef in Colorado are also encouraged to file a formal complaint with the Office of Attorney General at www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/complaint. We appreciate the time and effort you took in bringing your concerns to our attention.
Office of Consumer Protection
Please file your complaint if you were directly affected by Damian Cardone.
Those who intentionally provide gluten-containing food to gluten-free consumers commit fraud, which is a crime. A recent example can be found in the case of Paul Evan Seelig, owner of Great Specialty Bread Company, who is on trial for selling products falsely labeled as gluten-free in North Carolina.
Jonathan Mull, the husband of a woman with celiac disease who ate Seelig's falsely labeled bread described her reaction. "She was rolling on the floor writhing in pain and threw up for hours," Mull said in testimony at the trial of Paul Evan Seelig, the owner of Great Specialty.
Authorities say Seelig, of 3105 Cardinal Lake Drive in Durham, sold products falsely labeled as gluten-free, causing dozens of customers to fall ill. You can read about Seelig's arrest here.