About Gluten Free Watchdog:
Gluten Free Watchdog, LLC was founded by Tricia Thompson, MS, RD to make state-of-the-art gluten-free food testing data available directly to you, the consumer. Unfortunately, the Food and Drug Administration under the gluten-free labeling rule is NOT requiring manufacturers to test their labeled gluten-free foods for gluten contamination.
Contamination of naturally gluten-free grains and flours with wheat, barley, and rye is a concern to many people who must eat gluten-free. In a study conducted by Tricia Thompson, Anne Lee, and Thomas Grace, 32% of the naturally gluten-free grains and flours tested contained gluten in amounts greater than 20 parts per million. Gluten contamination can occur in the fields where food is grown, in the trucks and railcars where food is transported, and in the processing and manufacturing plants where food is made ready for the consumer. It is our hope that independently testing labeled gluten-free products and making results available to subscribers will allow you to feel more confident in the products you buy.
I started my subscription (options starting at $4.99 per mont) to Gluten Free Watchdog not long after being diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I really like the information I get. Sometimes a product that I’m directly interested in is tested. Even when I’m not interested in a specific product, I usually find test results interesting. As an example, GFW recently gluten tested a Progresso soup, that I do not eat, but… I do eat some GF Progresso varieties. So, this was interesting to me. Also, as a subscriber, you can request products. I’ve requested one product and a gluten content test showed up within a couple months. I also really enjoy the fact that someone is watching the industry and is willing and capable to call manufacturers to account.
Ways to help Gluten Free Folks and Celiac Disease Sufferers…
- Subscribe to the Gluten Free Watchdog – Tricia Thompson is testing products and contacting manufacturers on our behalf.
- Donate to groups looking for a cure for Celiac Disease
- Use Find Me Gluten Free App to fairly review restaurants and suggest new listings
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