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Colorado Acts to Protect Gluten Free Consumers from Gluten Poisoning

by John Libonati on April 1st, 2011


John Libonati Gluten Free Works  

Colorado Damian Cardone

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.

Sincerely,

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.

------------------------------- Author Information: John Libonati, Philadelphia, PA Publisher, Glutenfreeworks.com. Editor & Publisher, Recognizing Celiac Disease. John can be reached by e-mail here.


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4 Responses to “Colorado Acts to Protect Gluten Free Consumers from Gluten Poisoning”

  1. Tee says:

    Eddie–I read this Triumph Dining blog post a couple months back about “Gluten-Tox”, little test strips you can test your food with. They are a bit expensive, but are meant for home use. It might be just what you are looking for!

    http://www.triumphdining.com/blog/2011/09/26/glutentox-home-test-for-gluten/

  2. Mark says:

    It would neat if we could buy some strip of paper (like PH paper) that could detect gluten by changing colour.

    I’ve eaten some meatloaf this week that brought back my gluten reaction.
    I suspect it’s the spice pack that was put in it.
    I’ll use basic ingredients in the future.

  3. Christy says:

    @eddie- I doubt you will find a lab that can run a test like that cheaply. The machine needed to run that sort of tests (a mass spectrometer) is outrageously expensive. Most labs don’t even have one. They are usually reserved for forensic testing (think NCIS). So unless they can come up with some sort of quick test on a stand alone or snap test for gluten, we’re pretty much out of luck.

    As far as the article, I’m really glad the authorities are taking this seriously. It still sickens me that there are people out there that are so arrogant that they would endanger others to make a profit or try and prove themselves right.

  4. eddie says:

    Unfortunately those of us who have silent celiac are a subtle group. Cheaters like the above who feed us gluten could cause a return of an autoimmune disorder, such as the Hashimoto’s I had before going gluten-free. In cases like this it’s pretty impossible to prove anything unless you had the appropriate tests before and after.

    Which leads to my question. Anyone know of a testing lab to which a consumer can submit a sample of food they would like to evaluate for gluten? A lab which does not charge hundreds or thousands of dollars? Seems to me this is one important way we can protect ourselves.

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