Monday, April 4, 2011

1 in 133

If you are an active member in the gluten free community, you may have heard about the 1 in 133 campaign.  But what does it mean?

Well, to start, studies show that approximately 1 in every 133 people have Celiac Disease.  Now for the campaign...

Four years ago, back in 2007, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) put pressure on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finalize standards for gluten free labeling.

It is now 2011 and we still do not have a standard for gluten free labeling!  Essentially, gluten free consumers cannot rest assured that the "gluten free labeled" product they are buying is actually gluten free.

In order to call the FDA to action, members of the gluten free community are hosting the Gluten Free Food Labeling Summit.  This event will take place on May 4th, 2011 (during Celiac Disease Awareness Month) in Washington, D.C. and will bring together Capital Hill legislators, Celiac Disease researchers, food corporations and gluten free community leaders.  At the summit, the world's largest gluten-free cake will be displayed to symbolize the importance of accurate gluten free food labeling!

If you are wondering how you can help out with this cause, here are some ideas:

1) Donate!  The money donated for the 2011 Gluten-Free Food Labeling Summit will be used for the event and the remaining donations will be given to the American Celiac Disease Alliance.

2) Sign the Petition!

3) Send a letter to the FDA!

4) Spread the Word!  Tell everyone you know to take the above steps!

To stay up-to-date on the latest happenings regarding the 1 in 133 campaign, follow 1in133 on Twitter and join the cause on Facebook.

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