There are 3 things we can do to help pass the GF labeling law. This is very important to GF.
1. For awareness I sent in $13.33 to help build the tallest GF cake. I would love to be there to help.
2. I signed the petition.
3. I sent a letter to Kathleen Sebelius. It was very short….”Do not delay. Finish the Gluten Free labeling rules now, without farther delay”. If you do not know how to cut and paste here is her address, 200 Independence Ave. SW., Washington DC 20201
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A message to all members of Gluten-Free Faces
Gluten-free community leaders, researchers and food manufacturers are uniting together in Washington D.C. for the gluten-free labeling summit. The collaborative event, appropriately titled, “1 in 133,” will take place on May 4th, 2011 and will feature an attempt to bake the world’s largest gluten-free cake.
The event hopes to raise awareness regarding the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) delay in finalizing gluten-free labeling regulations. Over seven years ago, the FDA was tasked with developing and implementing labeling standards as part of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA). However, the delay in implementation and lack of labeling rules has left millions of Americans with celiac disease and gluten intolerance at risk of illness from contaminated food.
The gluten-free community hopes that the FDA can standardize gluten-free labeling laws, so that millions of U.S. consumers can have peace of mind when purchasing products that are labeled as “gluten-free.” Today, U.S. food manufacturers can claim “gluten-free” on product labels without appropriately informing consumers if a product is truly free of all potentially harmful ingredients. Some manufacturers are hesitant to label and market their products as gluten-free, because there is not one definitive, nationally accepted labeling standard.
The FDA labeling awareness event will kick off celiac awareness month (May) – and will feature a number of leaders in the gluten-free community, federal lawmakers and gluten-free food manufacturers. 1 in 133 will include a number of prominent guest speakers, including Dr. Alessio Fasano, Director of the Universtiy of Maryland’s Center for Celiac Research.
The event is being organized by Jules Shepard, renound gluten-free author, baking expert and gluten-free advocate and John Forberger, triathlete and gluten-free blogger. 1 in 133 takes place on May 4th, 2011 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in Washington D.C.
Here’s how you can help out with this great cause:
* Visit the 1 in 133 website at www.1in133.org. * Check out the http://www.1in133.org/you/ “How to Get Involved” page, where you have the ability to donate, sign the online petition, send a letter to the FDA or download a banner for web pages. * Make a http://www.causes.com/causes/594496 donation via Facebook Causes. * Post about this great event on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and any other social network that you are a part of!
Hopefully, the gluten-free community can work together to get food labeling laws changed, so that we can all feel secure in knowing that the foods we are eating are 100% gluten-free.
If you have any questions regarding the 1 in 133 event, you can send http://www.glutenfreefaces.com/profile/JohnMForberger a message to John Forberger on Gluten-Free Faces.
Talk to you soon.
Chad Hines Your Trusted Gluten-Free Advisor www.glutenfreefaces.com
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