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How to Report Mislabeled Gluten Free Foods – USA

Did you know you can, and should, report a reaction or injury from a packaged food that was inappropriately labeled gluten-free?

Who Determines What Is Gluten-Free?

The organization in the United States that sets the criteria for what gluten-free means in the United States is the Food and Drug Administration.

According to the FDA website, “The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.”

The FDA defines gluten as any grain or ingredient containing wheat, barley, rye or any crossbreed of these grains.

What Can be Labeled Gluten-Free?

The FDA allows manufacturers to label a product gluten-free if it does not contain any of the following:

  • An ingredient that is any type of wheat, barley rye or any crossbreed of these grains.
  • An ingredient that has been derived from these grains that has not been processed to remove gluten.
  • An ingredient that has been processed from these grains that still contains greater than 20 parts per million (PPM) of gluten.

Foods that are inherently gluten-free can be labeled as such as long as they did not come in contact with foods containing greater than 20PPM of gluten. These foods would include water, fruits, eggs and other whole foods that naturally don’t contain gluten.

We here at Glutenfreeworks.com encourage you to strive for a 100% gluten-free diet where 0PPM is the goal. We also recommend avoiding oats, at least until healing has been determined by your doctor.

What If A Product Says It Is Gluten-Free But It Isn’t?

Any food labeled gluten-free, free of gluten, without gluten, no gluten but fails to meet the FDA’s requirements for use of these terms in considered misbranded and subject to regulatory action by the FDA.

What About Restaurants?

Restaurants gluten-free items on their menus should be consistent with the FDA’s definition.

Reporting Adverse Reactions and Labeling Concerns

If you think you suffered a reaction to gluten, contact your doctor.

Then do the following per the FDA website.

“If a product has unclear labeling or you believe is mislabeled as gluten-free, the FDA would like to know. Keep any food packages because they may contain important information. You may want to contact the manufacturer about the problem. Also, report the problem to the FDA in either of these ways: 

Consumers and manufacturers can submit reports detailing product reactions or labeling concerns to an FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator for the state where the food was purchased. You can also call FDA at 1-888-SAFEFOOD. 

Consumers can submit a report using FDA’s MedWatch Online reporting form for consumers. Reports submitted to the FDA should include as much information as possible.

For more information, see Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods.

What To Do The Next Time You Get Glutened

You are at a restaurant with friends.

You order the hamburger with a gluten-free bun, making sure to emphasize that the bun must be gluten-free.

The waiter reassures you that they handle these types of requests all the time.

The bussers bring out the food.

Your burger looks delicious.

The cole slaw that you ordered instead of the fries, because the fryer is not dedicated to gluten-free foods, looks scrumptious.

You bring the burger up to your mouth.

Just as you chomp down, you notice out of the corner of your eye that your friend’s non-gluten-free burger has the exact same bun as your burger.

As you complete your bite you see your waiter running toward you waving frantically……

The bun is a regular gluten bun!

Aaaaigh!!!!!

What do you do?

This exact scenario happened to me. (My waiter didn’t come running but he did apologize profusely.)

I’m going to give you two options depending on whether you swallowed or not.  

And no. Saying “oh well” and enjoying the yummy burger with the gluten bun is not one of the options.

OPTION 1: IF YOU DID NOT SWALLOW

Do not swallow!

Spit the bite into your napkin. If they didn’t provide napkins, spit it on the plate, floor or wherever, so long as you get it out of your mouth. This is not the time to worry about etiquette. Get that gluten out!

Immediately walk to the restroom. Bring your water glass.

In the bathroom, rinse your mouth several times, swishing the water between your teeth. Do this until your mouth is completely clean.

Gargle with the water to make sure no particles are on the back of your tongue. Spit it out.

Do the following step as soon as possible.

Get Alka Seltzer Gold. Drop two tablets into a glass of water and drink it, rinsing out your mouth with the concoction before you swallow. (Buy a box today and keep a pack with you.)

If you cannot get access to Alka Selzter Gold…

Put ½ tsp of baking soda in 6 oz of water.

Rinse your mouth, swishing between your teeth.

Swallow the rest of the glass of baking soda water.

Alka Selzter Gold contains baking soda. Baking soda is alkaline. It inhibits protein digestion. It also dampens immune reaction.

If you have a true allergy to gluten, immediately take a Benadryl and call your doctor depending on the severity of the allergy.  

OPTION 2: IF YOU SWALLOWED. (GASP!)

Spit whatever you have in your mouth into your napkin.

Immediately walk to the restroom. Bring your water glass.

This part sucks, but if you can do it, you’ll avoid pain and suffering.

Make yourself throw up.

I know it sounds extreme, but it is way better than the alternative.

I’ve been in two situations, one where I barfed it out, one where I didn’t.

(Yakking into the bushes at a family picnic wasn’t any fun, but it was way better than feeling absolutely awful for over a week while on vacation.)  

In the bathroom, rinse your mouth several times, swishing the water between your teeth. Do this until your mouth is completely clean.

Gargle with the water to make sure no particles are on the back of your tongue. Spit it out.

Do the following step as soon as possible.

Get Alka Seltzer Gold. Drop two tablets into a glass of water and drink it, rinsing out your mouth with the concoction before you swallow. (Buy a box today and keep a pack with you.)

If you cannot get access to Alka Selzter Gold…

Put ½ tsp of baking soda in 6 oz of water.

Rinse your mouth, swishing between your teeth.

Swallow the rest of the glass of baking soda water.

Repeat the Alka Seltzer Gold or baking soda remedies three times a day for the next 3 to 5 days depending on symptoms.

I found if I stop on the second day, my symptoms rear up again.

OTHER REMEDIES

  • Take a gluten-digesting enzyme. These enzymes help to completely break down the protein structure. It is the partially digested gluten that triggers an immune reaction.
  • Take a multivitamin/multimineral. You will most likely suffer some degree of malabsorption over the next week or two, so you want to replenish.
  • Activated charcoal is another remedy that may help when taken as soon as you ingest the gluten. Activated charcoal is taken as a pill. It binds to whatever you have eaten and carries it out of the body.
  • HYDRATE. Drink. Drink. Drink. Staying hydrate is critical, especially if you are suffering from gastrointestinal symptoms, like diarrhea. Hydration is important for every system in your body, especially if the gluten has triggered an immune reaction.
  • Be careful when exercising. I find I am most likely to suffer an injury immediately after being cross contaminated.

I hope this helps you avoid pain and suffering if you ever find yourself in this situation. (Hopefully, you won’t!)

What do you do when you get glutened? Leave a comment below!

Then, check out our Gluten Free Works Treatment Guide. It has everything you need to understand and fix your ongoing symptoms, identify deficiencies and be the healthiest you.

Remedy Round Up: Liver Cleansing, Acid Reflux, Gas, Social Anxiety and Probiotics

We have an assortment of remedies for you today covering a variety of ailments!

  • How to Cleanse Your Liver
  • Acid Reflux Remedies that Work and Drugs to Stay Away From
  • Excessive Gas and How to Get Rid of It
  • Tips for Dealing with Social Anxiety
  • Using Probiotics to Improve Health

Natural Liver Support Cleansing Products

The liver is involved in thousands of biochemical mechanisms making it second only to the brain in importance and complexity. Natural health practitioners are also acutely aware of the detrimental effects on the liver of modern living, with its chemicals, excessive fat intake, pesticides, hormones, and stress. This suggests that we as a culture are in need of liver support. You should consider liver support supplementation if you:

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Swiss Researchers Find Zinc Prevents and Cures Acid Reflux Better Than Drugs

Researchers in Switzerland have made the welcome discovery that the essential nutrient zinc effectively inhibits gastric acid secretion in humans.

The researchers were investigating whether zinc could lead to a rapid and sustained increase of stomach pH (more alkaline) in both animals and humans and provide a rapid acid suppression therapy. They demonstrated that zinc offers a new

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Problems with Acid Reducers and Acid Reflux Fixes that Work

Acid reflux affects millions of people every day.

Heartburn is the major symptom of acid in the esophagus, characterized by burning discomfort behind the breastbone (sternum). Findings in gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)  include esophagitis (reflux esophagitis) — inflammatory changes in the esophageal lining (mucosa) —, strictures, difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), and chronic chest pain. Patients may have only one of those symptoms. Typical GERD symptoms include 

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Celiac Disease & Excessive Gas in the Digestive Tract: What it is and How to Get Rid of It

It’s a fact. Everyone produces gas. Ordinarily, most people produce about 1 to 3 pints of gas in a day. Gas is normally painless, creating a feeling of fullness until it is passed.

But sometimes pain is experienced, and when it does it can be either dull or sharp, leaving us feeling bloated or tender in places. It can be localized in one spot, or felt throughout the abdomen.

About 50% of people with celiac disease complain of chronic discomfort from gas at the time of 

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Tips for Overcoming Social Anxiety

1. Validate your emotional experience. Don’t tell youself that you shouldn’t feel the way you do or that how you feel is stupid.  Talking negatively to yourself will only increase your anxiety because negative self talk is not effective in changing emotions.  Say to yourself, “It’s okay that I’m nervous.  It makes sense.  Despite that, I can do this!” Approaching, not avoiding is what 

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Probiotics and Prebiotics can Improve Health of Celiacs

Celiac disease is a complex inherited digestive disorder that affects I in 100 persons worldwide. This condition involves a unique immune response within the digestive tract to gluten, a protein found in the grains of wheat, barley, rye and oats.  All persons with celiac disease, regardless of age, race or gender, are susceptible to intestinal damage when they eat food containing gluten or its derivatives. The treatment for 

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5 Yummy Gluten-Free Pancake Recipes

Who loves pancakes? A better questions is Who the heck doesn’t! (A: Weirdos)

Here are five yummy pancake recipes for your weekend! Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Cappuccino Pancakes

For you java lovers – gluten-free cappuccino pancakes are almost caramel-like in flavor and color, a delicious alternative to plain Jane pancakes. Read more…


Lavender Blueberry Pancakes. Gluten-free and Vegan.

All right, I have a pretty big confession to make.

I steal lavender.

By that I mean, when I head out on my daily walks, my hand might ever-so-slightly slip onto a neighbor’s lavender plant and give a little tug. If some buds end up in my hand then I just figure it was fate and move along to the next yard. Read more…


Gluten-Free Coconut Flour Pancakes

These pancakes are made from all-natural, simple ingredients. Grain-free and high in protein, they make the perfect breakfast for any day of the week! Read more…


Gluten-free Buckwheat Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes Recipe

Buckwheat is commonly used as a staple in the cuisines of Japan (soba noodles), Korea, Northern Italy, Eastern Europe (kasha), and Western France (savory crepes)*.

This recipe is a great alternative to regular buttermilk pancakes and gives it a healthy spin  Read more…


Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancake Recipe Your Family Will Love!

Even if you don’t roast them yourself, pumpkin-themed recipes are as ubitquous to the bay area as clam chowder is to New England. To figuratively put the frosting on the cake, if you are eating gluten-free, don’t worry, this recipe is easy and delicious. Get out the cinnamon and the cloves…it’s time to make pancakes! Read more…

Let’s Urge Our US Representatives to Cosponsor the Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act

Gluten does not have to be listed on medication labels presently in the United States.

Since gluten is sometimes used as a binder or filler in medications, this makes it difficult to know which medications are safe or unsafe.

The Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act would change United States law by requiring drug manufacturers to label medications intended for human use with the list of ingredients, their source, and whether gluten is present. 

Here is what you can do to help.

The Celiac Disease Foundation has created a form on their website that makes contacting your representatives easy. Click here to access the form and contact your representatives.

I just submitted my letter to my representative through the Celiac Disease Foundation website. It only takes a few minutes and will help so many when this passes. Thank you!

Five Must Have Gluten-Free Asian Entrees

If you are like me, you LOVE Asian food.

Here are five delicious gluten-free Asian entrees to add to your cooking repertoire.

Enjoy!

Beef & Broccoli {Take-Out-At-Home}

gluten free beef and broccoli

Who doesn’t love a quick easy version of one of your take-out favorites?!

I know not all of the ingredients below are traditionally what is found in beef & broccoli but it tastes pretty darn good.

There are a bunch of other beef & broccoli recipes out there on the web, and I really wanted to make something simple yet flavorful. Hope you give it a shot and enjoy it! Read More!


Asian Chicken Meatballs over Sesame Noodles

These meatballs are very similar to the filing of a dumpling or wonton without the wrapper.

My family really enjoys them. They are gluten-free and dairy-free and can easily be made paleo.

I recently brought these Asian chicken meatballs over sesame noodles to a party. It was a big hit!

For a paleo version, serve them over Read More!


Whip Up a Healthy Gluten Free Meal with some Asian Lettuce Wraps

Many of us are looking to kick off this year on a healthy note by eating more veggies and just eating better in general.

This Asian Lettuce Wrap recipe covers both of those bases. Lettuce, protein of your choice, and veggies.

Not to mention the fact that it’s super delicious! Read More!


Gluten-Free Asian Pot Sticker Recipe

A very long time ago, I took a Chinese cooking class. I still remember what I learned about making wontons, including stirring in one direction and then the other. This helps to bind the meat so it stays together.

I promised some Facebook fans that I would post this recipe so I’d better get on with it. I would highly suggest looking at the photos taken by Crysty of Garden of Gluten-Free. That was my starting point.

I would have taken more pics but my hands were messy. After they were cooked, my kids basically devoured about half of them, including the extra meat which I had used to make into mini meatballs. I ate mine with San-J gluten-free low-sodium tamari soy sauce with a few drops of chili oil. Yes, I was in heaven! Read More!


Gluten-free Orange Sesame Beef Stir Fry Recipe

I grabbed some of the veggies (cabbage, mushrooms and scallions) from the salad bar for easy prep and used cooked green beans from the fridge along with shredded carrots. When I cook, I usually prep as I go to save time but forgot that the flat snap peas take some time to take off the string in the center. Note to self: prep the veggies first!. Once you start cooking, it all comes together very quickly.

The meat is delicious on its own so you can use this part of the recipe to make Asian beef anytime. The orange rind is added at the end so it can even be omitted it you want something less “orange-y.” We served this over brown rice. Read More!

Five Quick Tips To Avoid Gluten In Different Situations

These 5 tips will help you stay gluten-free at the times when it is toughest.

Restaurants: Talk to the Manager.

Restaurants can be a minefield. Talking to the manager before you eat, even before you visit, can guarantee a safe meal. Why the manager? The manager has a vested interest in making sure you have a great experience. He or she often knows what is in the meals, usually understands gluten if the restaurant claims a gluten-free menu, and has quick access to ingredient labels. The other staff, even including cooks, may be new hires or less educated when it comes to gluten.

Family Events: Bring it. Hide it.

Family parties and get togethers are great, fun, boisterous times! Unless you know the host is making a gluten-free meal with lots of options, it is best to bring your food, even if it is “just in case.” Why hide it? When the cousins see your delicious gluten-free cookies or meatballs or bbq chicken, they are going to eat it. All of it. Cross contamination is also an issue. We’ve all seen people use the same spoons to scoop up different dishes. Bring it. Hide it. At least hide some of it.

Grocery Shopping: Choose Whole Foods over Processed.

Most processed foods contain multiple ingredients. Some are easy to figure out. Others might as well be a different language. Choosing whole foods makes it easy to shop gluten-free. Whole foods include eggs, meats, vegetables, nuts, fish, fruits…basically ingredients. While preparation might take a little longer, lots of times the meals we make are more nutritious and delicious. Especially when made with gluten-free love.

Don’t Chance It. When in Doubt, Toss it Out.

I once asked my mother whether a leftover in the refrigerator was still good. “When in doubt, toss it out,” she said. The idea is that it isn’t worth getting sick over. This logic applies to gluten-free. If you’re not sure about a food or meal, don’t risk it. Eating that particular food or dish isn’t worth being sick for hours or days. Also, your instincts are generally right.

Snacks Save.

“I……am…….starving!” We’ve all been there. Skipped breakfast. Worked through lunch. Whatever the reason, now we are starving and judgment is out the window. This is exactly the situation we want to avoid because being hungry makes it exponentially harder to make good decisions. Carrying snacks is so important and can be a live saver. Find a few shelf stable snacks you like and keep them in your glove compartment or in a desk drawer for those times when you need ANYTHING to eat.

Gluten Free Big Mac Sauce Recipe

I am SUPER EXCITED!

While on the Gluten Free – Celiac Disease Support Group on FB, I noticed this recipe by Frederick Betancourt for Big Mac sauce. He gave me permission to bring it to you! Thanks, Frederick!

I haven’t had a Big Mac in 17 years, but the drought is over. I’m making this tonight. Try it and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Big Mac Gluten Free Sauce:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 heaping tbsp French salad dressing
  • 1/2 tbsp sweet relish
  • 2 heaping tsp dill pickle relish
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp ketchup
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Preparation: Just mix all that together and you can add anything else you want to the burger.

5 Gluten Free Cookie Recipes to Make Your Season Bright

Making cookies is a great stress reducer during this hectic time of year.

Eating them works even better!

Here are five gluten-free cookie recipes to get you through the Holiday Season.

Decorated Gluten-Free Sugar Cookie Recipe

Decorated gluten-free sugar cookies are fast and easy to make using a food processor to mix the cookie dough. 

Everyone loves decorating cookies. And eating them too!

Make these traditional holiday cookies with the kids!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Bar Cookies (An Experiment)

This makes more of a dense, soft cookie that doesn’t spread when baked.

“I’m the kind of person who usually wants something sweet after dinner, and chocolate should be involved somehow. When I don’t have a healthier alternative, I eat junk. I decided to stop buying junk earlier this year, so I make this recipe all the time.”

Gluten Free Recipe: Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t dream of a really good old-fashioned chocolate chip cookie?

The kind you used to make when you were a kid?

This is a very easy and quite tasty recipe from Chef Sunshine Best of Your Safe Kitchen in Chicago, IL. 

Try these cookies today. You’ll be happy you did!

Gluten-Free Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

gluten free peanut butter cookies

These delicious, easy-to-make (gluten-free, cane sugar-free, dairy-free) cookies were a sensation when they were first introduced as — peanut butter kisses.

They remain a standby today. Instead of topping the dough with a milk chocolate candy, this recipe incorporates unsweetened chocolate into the dough.

It also uses fructose for those of us who do not eat sugar. 

Gluten Free Pizzelle Recipe

Pizzelles are by far one of my favorite “cookies” in the world. 

I can remember being little and my Grandma Lu would always make these for the holidays.

As soon as I received this pizzelles maker, I started searching for recipes right away and found a few.  The first one I tried is AMAZING, tastes just like my gram’s recipe and I don’t plan on trying another one.

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