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Call to Action – Gluten Free Food Labeling Summit

March 25, 2011 by  
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What’s the Big Deal? Read on –

Seven years ago, the FDA was tasked with finalizing Gluten Free Labeling standards in the US and still nothing has been done. Current estimates are that 1 in 133 Americans (3 million) has celiac disease and must adhere to a gluten free diet, not to mention the estimated 18 million who eat gluten free to alleviate allergies, food sensitivities, and symptoms from other illnesses. That’s not just a few people on a fad diet. That’s a pretty big deal!

The event was the brainchild of gluten free advocates Jules Shepard and John Forberger and after getting the American Celiac Disease Alliance on board, the event has become a reality.

From their website-

To draw attention to the FDA’s inaction, and to galvanize the burgeoning gluten-free community, leading members of this community will host Capitol Hill legislators, noted celiac disease researchers, gluten-free community leaders and food corporations to the first Gluten Free Food Labeling Summit, in Washington, D.C. on May 4th, 2011.

Coinciding with the newly recognized National Celiac Awareness Month, the event will also feature the world’s largest gluten-free cake – symbolizing the big deal that clear, accurate, reliable labeling plays in the lives of people dependent on labeling for their health.


At the Summit on May 4th, in Washington,  D.C., the World’s Tallest Gluten-Free & Dairy free cake,  estimated to be 12 feet tall, will be unveiled during a V.I.P. reception for federal lawmakers, concerned members and supporters of the gluten-free community, members of the media and gluten-free food manufacturers!

The towering cake will symbolize the Big Deal that federal gluten-free food labeling standards mean to the estimated 3 million Americans living with celiac disease, and the more than 18 million Americans living with gluten-intolerance.


Please respond quickly as there are currently only 5 weeks to get as many signatures as possible on this petition!

So easy! It’s online! The more signatures, the more attention this cause will receive!

Couldn’t be easier – there’s one already written and addressed that you can use or edit. The more letters, the more attention this cause will receive!

Tax Deductible Donations in increments of $11.33, (or even $133 or $1133 if you feel so inclined) are encouraged, although any amount will be accepted.

*Monies donated for the Gluten-Free Food Labeling Summit 2011 will be utilized for the event and remaining donations will be donated to the American Celiac Disease Alliance, to further their mission as a 501(c)(3) non-profit representing and advocating on behalf of the entire celiac community – patients, physicians, researchers, food manufacturers and other service providers.

Visit the 1 in 133 website for more info.
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Gluten Freeville receives no compensation for bringing this event to your attention – just a reporter, supporter and gluten free advocate.


5 Responses to “Call to Action – Gluten Free Food Labeling Summit”
  1. Carl Allen says:

    Gluten free labeling standards are needed immediately and the FDA has been dragging their feet for four years on this action, Come on people get the lead out and help these people.

  2. Hi Nancy! Thanks for the post on our May 4 event. We hope to see change very soon to better the entire celiac and gluten-free community. Come visit us on Twitter –
    Take care.

  3. Nancy says:

    Thanks for all your work on this John. You and Jules rock!

  4. jen says:

    signed and sent. Don’t know why this is bothering me so much today but on the letter to the FDA the term “Celiacs” is used. It should be “people with celiac”. Celiac is one disease and should not be pluralized, there are many people with the disease and that is where the pluralized should come in.

    It’s up with people using gluten/glutin/glutton interchangeably.

  5. Nancy says:

    I agree, Jen! The letter was written by the American Celiac Disease Alliance.

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