May is National Celiac Disease Awareness month!
In 2007, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) tasked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finalize standards for gluten-free labeling. Four years later, the FDA has failed to fulfill that mandate. To the millions of Americans who eat gluten-free food, this inaction is a big deal.
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.
Please join the efforts of 1in133.org and The American Celiac Disease Alliance to bring attention to the importance of gluten free food labeling. Visit 1in133.org today to sign the online petition, send a letter to the FDA, or contribute to the cause. In addition, everyone is urged to contact their congressional representatives to let them know how important proper food labeling is to everyone in the gluten free community. Let them know you want the FDA to finish the FALCPA labeling rules!