Friday, May 18, 2012

Seeing Pizza through Amber-Colored Glasses?


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/.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Domino's Pizza...delivers? Delivers gluten, that is!

Updated May 12, 2012:
Totally changing this post. From what I understand, the only thing gluten free about these pizzas is the crust before it is handled by the Domino's workers. The pizzas are assembled in the same place that the rest of their pizzas are assembled. The National Foundation of Celiac Awareness has given them an Amber designation. What this means is Domino's Pizza has agreed to train their help up front to tell anyone buying the "gluten free pizza" that it is not gluten free. The training is up front, not in the back with the making of the pizzas. So the bottom line is if you don't mind eating gluten, go ahead and eat the new Domino's gluten free pizza.

Watch the video below if you want, but you really need to go listen to the podcast from Blog Talk Radio, linked below, where Jules Shepard from Jules Gluten Free interviewed Alice Baste, a spokesperson for the NFCA, concerning their reasons for the Amber designation.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gluten-free/2012/05/10/alice-bast-from-nfca-on-dominos-gf-pizza-gluten-free-voice