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  1. 1

    Jules

    Thanks for an informative piece. I especially appreciate that you point out that none of us is against the NFCA or against Domino’s. We’re simply saying that the Amber Designation itself is confusing, dangerous and a bad policy.
    The simple answer is to Ditch Amber and let’s all work together to find ways for Domino’s and other restaurants who truly want to serve our gluten-free community to do it safely. We know it can be done because other restaurants (national chains, pizza restaurants, etc) are doing it already!
    So let’s all urge NFCA to work with Domino’s to achieve their Green Designation and Ditch Amber! Gluten-free should mean safe for people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities.
    ~jules

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  2. 2

    Conne

    I appreciate your honest approach in bringing this to the attention of others. I don’t believe that any of us in the gluten-free community wish to undermine the good intentions of these strong and successful organizations, such as NFCA, that do great work everyday to make gluten-free and celiac disease better understood. However, as you pointed out, “Gluten-free” is what is first and foremost zeroed in on in the “amber” label, not the “fine print”. Unfortunately,I think this is a classic case of good intention gone bad. Labeling and celiac disease safety issues, especially those involving cross-contamination, are confusing enough. Let us stick to “it is gluten-free” or “it isn’t gluten-free”.

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  3. 3

    Ken Scheer

    Well done Dude! I like how you broke it down and stated that we’re not against the NFCA. I signed it and hope like you and many others that it goes away. Thanks for all you do!

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  4. 4

    Shirley @ gfe

    Excellent job on this discussion! No, those of us who are gluten free and want gluten free to really mean gluten free are NOT saying down with NFCA or down with Domino’s. We’re saying down with this decision and Ditch Amber. Compromise works really well in many areas, but compromising on what gets a “gluten free” label will not work. In fact, it’s an issue that we’ve been trying to resolve for years (with 1in133.org, etc.) because “gluten free” that doesn’t really mean what it says is dangerous to us all.

    Thanks so much!
    Shirley

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  5. 5

    Rachel S.

    I signed the petition earlier today and am trying to spread the word as much as I can. Another thoughtful and well-written article on an issue that needs to be addressed NOW. The term “gluten-free” is getting thrown around way too much and needs to be used more sparingly. It’s not fair to use it if you doing a half-assed attempt to please some of the “trendy” dieters but not anyone else.

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  6. 6

    Julie

    Dude, I signed the petition, thank you for making me aware of this. I’m going to Ruth Chris tomorrow evening for dinner, they have gluten free selections, so everyone cross your fingers! I plan on calling the rest. before hand and see if I can talk to the chef.

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  7. 7

    Alysa (InspiredRD)

    You are exactly right. When I first saw the amber designation and what it meant (during the Domino’s newfest), I thought what is the point of that? It just makes it more confusing for everyone. Thanks for putting the petition out there!

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    Gluten Free Jenn

    I just want to say that we celiacs need to fight for the “gluten free” label to mean it’s safe for us! I got violently sick last Friday night (even after ordering a meal noted ‘GF’ and telling them it wasn’t just to be cute). Folks will not learn what it really means and therefore they will make us sick. I almost ended up in the ER. It was one of the worst nights of my life – they marinated steak in soy sauce and said it was GF! (but it wasn’t!!!!) = )

    We just can’t live like that – every time we go out, we tell people what we need, but due to this ‘Amber’ designation, food service people are misinformed! I’ll never go out if I can’t be sure. I can NOT go through that again.

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  9. 9

    Gluten crazy?

    Am I losing my mind… doesnt a warning from a restaurant declaring that they use gluten free ingrediants but can’t guarantee that there will be no cross contamination a good thing. Julie you have your fingers cross about eating at Ruth Chris. Wouldnt it be really cool if you could look at Ruth Chris menu on line see a “marking” that tells you Gluten Free ingreadiants but cross contamination risk. No more calling the chef…no more going back into the kitchen to make sure controls are in place. Sure I prefer every restaurant to be a Green.
    But, I’m so sick of being “glutenized” …I just want to be warned…I want restaurant to tell me” I’m only catering to the fad eaters”. Weather we like or not there is a huge demand for GF foods and restaurant are jumping on the band wagon and without the NFCA teaching restaurant what the risk to us with CD are, educating them on cross contamination and a way of warning us that they don’t have the ability to assure our safety…we will continue to inspect kitchens, interagate wait staff and get Glutenized!!! Don’t drop Amber …maybe clarfy it ..but we need to know when to be cautious!!

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    1. 9.1

      The Gluten Dude

      My point, and I think everyone will agree with me, is that it simply should not say Gluten Free if it’s dangerous to celiacs. Period.

      No other disease would be treated this way.

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    IrishHeart

    I signed the petition the other day (a little late to your post here, G-dude, sorry!) But just want to say you did a great job explaining this so all people understand why the amber label does not work.

    For me “but kitchen practices may vary widely”…is too undefined.
    I know in my heart there is NO way I could chance such a thing.

    Can’t seem to get people to understand the following:

    Gluten FREE eating means Gluten FREE. FREE of GLUTEN.

    ENTIRELY.

    It doesn’t mean “maybe, kinda, sorta”
    It doesn’t mean dabbling in it or “gluten lite”
    it doesn’t mean 4 out of 7 days and on holidays we take breaks.

    It doesn’t mean use non-gluten grains, but cook with wheat items.

    This thinking keeps people sick.

    And gets us the EYE ROLLS and frustrated sighs and the thinking that this is a fad diet.

    I walked through BJs last week and looked at the crackers and breads and said to hubs: Holy Crap–that stuff nearly killed me two years ago.

    You are either gluten free or you are not.
    No grey area.

    On the bus or off the bus.

    and…Thanks for all the good work you do, G-Dude!
    Knowledge is power. :>)

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    1. 10.1

      The Gluten Dude

      Thanks Irish…no gray area indeed. But unfortunately, not everyone sees it that way.

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  11. 11

    IrishHeart

    I know, kiddo—we still have a long road….but we’ll get there.
    Someday, WE will be the majority.
    Totally GF restaurants will spring up like daffodils….

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  12. 12

    Rocky

    You’ve done a great job pointing out the inconsistencies in the Amber designation. At Kitchens With Confidence, we agree wholeheartedly with IrishHeart: “No means NO” (not kinda, sorta, maybe, not much)

    Cross-contamination is a critical concept in meal delivery. It’s subtle and thrives on inconsistency and confusion. Our AllerTrain program for restaurants emphasizes the “team effort” required to safely serve the celiac-afflicted diner. It starts with the selection of ingredients but involves the entire staff and serving process to establish safety.

    And yes, we signed the petition :-)

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  13. 13

    Rachel S.

    It sounds like NFCA decided to suspend the Amber Designation last night:
    http://www.celiaccentral.org/nfca-statement-7937/

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  14. 14

    IrishHeart

    See, we did it!

    The Gluten Free community raised their voices together!

    Very. Cool. Beans.

    :>) .

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