Posts Tagged "GIG"

What happened to the bread of life? by Dr. Kenneth Fine

What happened to the bread of life? by Dr. Kenneth Fine

We had a special surprise at our last gluten-free support group meeting. Dr. Kenneth Fine of Intestinal Health and Enterolab came through town and offered to speak for our group. He spoke to a full house. There was standing room only. Below I’ve listed some of the highlights from his presentation.   1. Grains have been consumed as food a relatively short period of time (10,000 years) and gluten sensitivity has been present for at least the last 2000.   2. Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) has been mentioned in the medical literature for 33 years and accounts for 99% of the...

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FDA announces new gluten-free labeling law

FDA announces new gluten-free labeling law

It’s been a long time coming but finally today the FDA announced mandatory labeling for companies that want to label their foods “gluten-free” (GF). Previously any manufacturer could put “gluten-free” on their packaging without any type of required third-party verification. The new regulation will assure that any food labeled GF on the packaging will test under 20 parts per million (ppm). Be aware that the existing third-party organizations that certify foods GF have a more strict standard. The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) of North America and the┬áNational...

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NFCA launches new GF certification program

NFCA launches new GF certification program

The National Foundation of Celiac Awareness (NFCA) announced this past week its alliance with the Gluten-Free Certification program (GFCP) launching the first GF certification seal to cross national boundaries. It will be recognized in both the US and Canada. See info from the NFCA below and also check out my full article at the Examiner.com. National Foundation for Celiac Awareness Joins North American Partnership to Launch First Gluten-Free Certification Program Endorsed in US and Canada The Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA)...

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Tips for Dining Out Gluten-Free

Tips for Dining Out Gluten-Free

Who can deny the allure of dining out? It can be a fast and convenient meal. In addition, many social gatherings and celebrations are centered around food and restaurants. But for an individual with food sensitivities, eating out can literally be a health hazard. I tell my clients at the end of their 30 day elimination diet (in which they are not allowed to eat out) dining out GF is like flipping a coin…based on my experience there is a fifty percent chance you are going to get sick from an infraction or some other food reaction. In my opinion, the risk is too high especially if you...

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The GF Market…the importance of getting it right

The GF Market…the importance of getting it right

I think it’s safe to say that the words “gluten-free” have become a common household term. At a minimum, I think it’s captured everyone’s attention, even just for a fleeting moment, and made them contemplate, “Should I too be gluten-free…what’s the problem with gluten anyway?” As for food manufacturers, retailers and restaurants, they would be crazy not to take notice of this rapidly growing market. Mintel Data reports that new product launches claiming “gluten-free” rose from 600 in 2007 to 1600 in 2011. Packaged Facts, a...

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