First, I have some important questions for you:
~ Do you have to buy safe gluten-free products for yourself or a gluten-free loved one?
~ Do you find it difficult to always know what is safe when purchasing products—even after reading the ingredients label?
~ Do you want ALL sources of gluten to be identified on product labels?
~ Do you want the FDA to ensure that product labeling allows us to know what’s safe and what’s not?
~ Are you willing to take a minute to tell the FDA how you feel by leaving a quick comment on its site?
~ Last, would you potentially like a reward for your efforts?
If you answered “Yes” to all those questions, please leave your comment on the FDA’s draft regulations stating that they will NOT consider adding all gluten ingredients to the list of allergens on all food labels here on FDA’s site and come back and tell me that you did so (let me know even if you already left a comment on their site BEFORE you read this post).
As a thank you for your support of our whole community, you will be entered in the great giveaway shown below! Do you need more details on the proposed draft regulations and what it means (TL;DR—they are closing a door for labeling of all gluten ingredients and the gluten-free community’s right to petition them to do so)? Read this post or listen to this audio message from Gluten-Free Watchdog.
As I write this, 1.4K comments have been posted in response to the FDA. I’m grateful to all who have commented but that number still represents a tiny fraction of those who live gluten free for medical reasons. Also, included in those comments are ones seeking labeling of other non-gluten ingredients, such as corn.
Please take a moment right now (the comment period ends today, August 17, at midnight EDT) to add your comment to get that number up. It can be as simple as “I want all gluten ingredients shown on food product labels for all products.” Or “I am a gluten-free consumer and I support the comments submitted by Gluten Free Watchdog.”
We have literally millions of people who live gluten free for medical reasons. Let’s make the total number of comments more reflective of our very large gluten-free community, a community which needs gluten—in all its forms, not just wheat—to be identified on every single food product by law.
Not as a voluntary matter, which is what products labeled gluten free are doing, so companies can choose whether they identify all gluten or not but as a legal, binding requirement. We all deserve that, right?
Click here to make your voice heard and stand up for yourself and the gluten-free community! Then come back and leave a comment here saying that you did so you’ll be entered in this terrific giveaway! Want extra entries? Share on your personal Facebook (aka Meta page), your Facebook business page, or any other social media account (e.g., Instagram, Twitter), and leave a comment here EACH time you do so. That’s a lot of extra entries and you’ll be helping the gluten-free community by spreading the word and getting others to be inspired to leave a comment on the FDA site regarding this issue.
Again, the comment period ends today, August 17, at midnight EDT. That’s just several hours away, folks. This giveaway will end at the same time, so you’ll want to get your comment submitted to the FDA site and come back and tell me you did! Please support our gluten-free community!
Gluten-Free Baking Giveaway Prize (One Winner)
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Cindy (firstname.lastname@example.org)! Thanks to all who took the time to leave a comment in support of our community!
This giveaway ends today at midnight EDT, August 17. There will be one winner. That winner will be announced shortly after the giveaway ends.
~ Johnna Wright Perry’s Gluten-Free Baking for Beginners cookbook. (You probably know Johnna from her In Johnna’s Kitchen site, Instagram account, and Facebook page. You can read my earlier review of this great cookbook here. Don’t be fooled by the name. Anyone who lives gluten free will love this cookbook!)
~ Anthony’s Brown Rice Flour (5 lbs)
~ Anthony’s White Rice Flour (3 lbs)
~ Anthony’s Potato Starch (2 lbs)
~ Anthony’s Tapioca Starch (also known as Tapioca Flour) (2.5 lbs)
~ Silpat Baking Mat (for use with a cookie sheet)
~ Silicone Baking Cups (for nonstick baking of cupcakes and muffins)
Note: All prizes are provided by Shirley/gfe.
Not just gf, but gfe!
Originally published August 17, 2022; updated August 18, 2022.
Added a comment. I just found out I have celiac and not just a sensitivity like I suspected and my daughter has severe tree nut allergy. I wish it was easier to ensure food is safe! I can’t wait to try some new recipes that the kids may like.
Denise Fedor Falicki says
I commented on labeling ALL Gluten ingredients. Life is hard with food allergies! Reading long lists of ingredients EVERY time you buy food is exhausting.
Denise Fedor Falicki says
I shared this to my Facebook page.
I sent my comment to the FDA yesterday. I want all allergens to be labeled, too many things are problems for me.
I commented it is hard when your kids have different alergies to fine what works for all.
Commented, this is so important. There should be no reason that products can’t be labeled appropriately with their ingredients.
Eve Cadigan says
I commented. Not just for gluten containing ingredients, but for clarity for corn derivatives and “natural flavors”
I posted on the FDA site!
Yvonne Cruz says
Added a comment
Added my comment! As I get older any slight food variance that includes gluten gives me health problems! No bueno!
jeffrey m anderson says
i left message on fda site
julie anderson says
added my comment
I submitted on the FDA site to have all gluten containing ingredients shown on labeling. This is imperative to the medical treatment of so many as their diets are their medical treatment.
Maggie Anderson says
I submitted I am a gluten-free consumer and I support the comments submitted by Gluten Free Watchdog. When eating gluten free due to a medical condition, it is imperative that all ingredients are disclosed on food labels.
Heather C says
I submitted a comment. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.
connie maglinger says
Added a comment tonight, just under the deadline.
I left a comment! 🤞really something that would help so many people!!
I am very excited to be chosen as the winner of this awesome baking giveaway. Many thanks to you Shirley – for being such a great advocate for all of us with Celiac and gluten sensitivities and making us aware of this opportunity to make our voices heard with the FDA. Many thanks also to the other sponsers of this giveaway. 🙂
Shirley Braden says
Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I’m so excited for you! The giveaway is provided solely by me (aka gfe) this time. 🙂 Thanks so much for the kind words. I really hope the FDA will listen and make the labeling changes necessary to protect our health.
Congratulations again, Cindy!!
Shirley, Shucks, I missed the deadline with this. Thanks for the posting though and hope the FDA will pay attention to the comments received. Thanks for all you do. Nancy
Shirley Braden says
Hi Nancy–This was a post that I started long ago and although I didn’t want to publish it until right before the deadline as some of us humans tend to procrastinate and forget things we want to do, I did publish it a day later than originally planned. Thanks so much for the kind words. I really hope that the FDA will listen. Based on the history of their position on gluten-free labeling, I’m not hopeful but I’d love to be proven wrong!