I recently ran across this petition on the White House website and it’s hope is to encourage the Obama Administration to approve the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2008 and make it an official law. Congress has already passed it, however, it still remains in Obama’s hands to finalize. So if you’re passionate about the need for gluten free labeling, head over here to the petition and help them reach the 25,000 signatures needed to make our voices heard!
Here’s a copy of the petition you will find on the White House site…
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Finalize Standards for GLUTEN-FREE Labeling
The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act required Health and Human Services to set a gluten-free labeling rule by 2008 to aid people with celiac disease, a life-threatening autoimmune condition. The only known treatment is a strict gluten-free diet.
An estimated 3 million Americans have celiac and even more may have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Without adequate labeling, those on a medically prescribed gluten-free diet struggle to make safe food choices and stay well.
Children with celiac cannot participate in the National School Lunch Program when food service staff cannot determine if products are gluten-free.
Congress did its part by passing the law. It is up to the White House to protect the health of millions of adults and children by finalizing the rule NOW.