A member of my NYC Celiac Disease Meetup Group recently posted this information so I thought I would share it with my readers.
The Gluten Free Certification Organization (gfco.org
) is a program of the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG - gluten.net
, you also know GIG as the administrator of the Gluten Free Restaurant Awareness Program
). It was founded with the mission of giving the gf community the complete assurance that products are indeed gluten-free and safe for consumption. Long before the FDA established a standard for gluten-free (currently at 20 parts per million), the GFCO has been testing to, and requiring that companies meet, a standard of 10 ppm.
Many large, international food companies are expressing interest in the GFCO -- this is driven by both the FDA's decision and the increased awareness for Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance driven by media and also people like you and me.
So how can you help the GFCO to continue its important work and have an impact?
1. Check out the company's that are certified and write them an email to let them know you appreciate their dedication to the GFCO and the GF community.
2. Call or email your favorite companies that are NOT currently certified. Let them know that they can easily contact the GFCO for more information.
3. Finally, consider becoming a member of GIG to show your support for the GFCO, the Gluten Free Restaurant Awareness Program, and all the programs that help us all lead our lives successfully.
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