Gluten Free Betsy noted in a post earlier today that 1in133.org has organized a Ditch NFCA's Amber Designation campaign. I suggest that you go to her blog and read what she has to say. I am in complete agreement with her on this. I signed the petition myself today, and there was a place to give a reason for doing so. I wrote this:
I believe the Amber designation is confusing, and thus dangerous, and should not be used. It is going to give some people a false sense of security, assuming that because there is an NFCA seal given, it means it is safe—especially those who are new to being gluten free.
The petition can be found at change.org: https://www.change.org/petitions/ditch-nfca-s-amber-designation. This is just one more step in the process of full disclosure on products: something the gluten-free community—and anyone else who has food allergies/intolerance—is desperate for.
Update @ 8:00 pm: Great news! The NFCA listened! Go here to read for yourself: http://www.celiaccentral.org/nfca-statement-7937/.