New Product- Not Gluten Free?

Not GF 10-12-15 005We found a new product to try the other day. Cosmos Creations. Says its Gluten Free right on the package. Taste and texture– very good.

2 hours later, not so good. Thats when the diarrhea hit (typical of my exposure to Gluten.) Nausea and stomach pain soon to follow. Serious fatigue! Brain fog still going on (why is the used kitty litter in the refrigerator, honey?) Total @ $700 loss of income for me so far.

Contacted the company via e-mail and asked what testing method they used on their ingredients and finished product. Their response: “Thank you for contacting Cosmos Creations. At this time we have no formal testing methods as we are not certified Gluten Free. For our claim of gluten free we rely on the word and testing from our suppliers that our ingredients are indeed Gluten Free. Common Gluten and Gluten allergens come from wheat, barley, rye and some varieties of spelt. Our products do not contain any of these ingredients. I hope this helps. If you have any further questions please let me know.”

O.K. folks, when you get done laughing at this response, lets re-cover some specifics.

1: Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 Section 101.91 (a)(1)(i) defines wheat to include any species belonging to the genus Triticum.

If these people had a little knowledge or the ability to use it, they would recognize that all varieties of spelt (Triticum Spelta) are wheat. If they are this far off base in their reasoning, other aspects must be questioned.

2: 101.91(a)(3)(A)(1) specifically uses spelt wheat as an example of a Gluten containing grain.

Sooo- it appears that these people didn’t even read (or, perhaps, did read but didn’t understand) the FEDERAL REGULATIONS FOR GLUTEN FREE FOOD LABELING!!! With this, it is not surprising that they also missed:

3: 101.91(3)(B)(ii) Any unavoidable presence of gluten in the food bearing the claim in its labeling is below 20 ppm gluten (i.e., below 20 mg gluten per kg of food).

And just exactly how do these folks obey this part of the regulation without testing? Certified or not?

Now, let me point out that if they did test and found the level of gluten to be, say 19 ppm, they could still label it as gluten free. It would still cause medical issues for a Celiac, but at least it wouldn’t violate the Federal Regulations. (For those of you who don’t know, the FDA Health Hazard Assessment for Gluten Exposure in Individuals with Celiac Disease places 20 ppm at something between 300 and 2000 times the level of concern for a Celiac.)

To wrap it up, this product does not meet the Federal Regulation for being labeled Gluten Free and should not be consumed by Celiacs.

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