Yesterday, the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University released this statement:
"Recently ABC News had a piece on Domino's Pizza presenting a supposedly gluten-free item. This is not a product suitable for those with celiac disease and highlights the need for strict regulation of gluten-free foods. Apparently, Domino's Pizza received advice from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) on how to present this product. This also highlights the need for regulation at a government level rather than the food industry turning to lay groups.
During this presentation, Dr. Peter Green was highlighted discussing the limitations of a gluten-free diet. This piece was a segment from an interview taken one year earlier and not related to discussion of the current "gluten-free" pizza issue.Last night, Dr. Peter Green and nutritionist Suzanne Simpson from the Celiac Disease Center here in New York City appeared on Fox 5 News. While I feel the timing of the email statement and then the video is a little bit strange and delayed, it is nice to get some feedback from a usually quiet research center. For some reason I can't view the last 30 seconds of the video, but it is interesting to see this topic discussed so close to home.
Domino's Pizza gluten-free crust controversyhttp://www.myfoxny.com/story/18431115/dominos-pizza-gluten-free-crust-controversy
Domino's Pizza is creating a buzz about gluten-free pizza crust it is now offering. However some critics say if you're allergic to gluten, you can't go anywhere near it.
Suzanne Simpson, a nutritionist, has celiac disease, which means she cannot eat gluten. If she does, it causes gastrointestinal pain, rashes, headaches and joint pain. She says the problem with Domino's is that the gluten-free pizza crust is made right next to the regular pie crust and there is a risk of cross-contamination.
If you order gluten-free online from Domino's, a warning pops up telling you that if you have celiac disease, don't eat the gluten-free crust. The company also issued a statement saying that "...while the crust is certified as gluten free, current store operations at Domino's cannot guarantee that each handcrafted pizza will be completely free from gluten."
The pizza is intended for people who have mild gluten intolerance, not those who have celiac disease.
In fact, Dr. Peter Green of the Celiac Disease Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center said the crust could be a danger to people who have celiac disease. He said feels Domino's is marketing the gluten-free crust because it is a trendy a diet fad.