Barry’s Advisory Group and Celiac and Gluten-Free Journey make a top political priority for the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health: Reducing Diet-Related Diseases by Classifying Gluten as a Major Food Allergen


Philadelphia – before the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health on September 28, 2022 (#health_hunger), Bari Consulting Group, Celiac Journey and GlutenFreeFinds_pa have released a comprehensive report that includes The highest goal of politics It has the potential to dramatically improve nutrition, reduce food insecurity and reduce diet-related illnesses for the millions of Americans with celiac disease. The goal of the Barry Report is to inform the National Strategy for the White House Conference to recommend labeling gluten as a major food allergen and to require a labeling of gluten on all packaged foods.

This recommendation aligns with “Pillar Two of the White House Conference, Integrating Nutrition and Health: Prioritize the role of nutrition and food security in public health, including disease prevention and management, and ensure that our health care system meets the nutritional needs of all people.”1

Celiac Journey requests a patient advocacy seat at the White House conference table to share our live experience with celiac disease. Gluten labeling will reduce the burden of treatment, food insecurity, and diet-related illness for the 3.3 million Americans with celiac disease, a life-threatening food allergy and autoimmune disease, from the adverse health effects that can arise after eating gluten.2 As World News Tonight reported with David Muir, 9-year-old Jax Bari shared, “Fearless eating is our hope. Food insecurity occurs every day for celiac patients.” Due to the constant threat of cross-contact with gluten, 80% of foods contain gluten, high priced gluten-free foods, no gluten labeling required on all foods packaged in our3

Labeling gluten on all packaged foods in the United States is consistent with the previous conclusions of international food safety authorities and expert panels composed of scientists, regulators, clinicians, clinicians and risk managers from academia, government and the food industry including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization: “Report Summary of the FAO/WHO Ad Hoc Expert Consultation on Risk Assessment of Food Allergens. Part 1: Review and Verification of the Codex Allergen List through Risk Assessment”. 2021 (“FAO-WHO Expert Consultation 2021”).4

The 2021 Expert Consultation between FAO and WHO, the official body chaired by Dr. Lauren Jackson, Chief, Process Engineering Branch, Division of Process Science and Technology, Institute for Food Safety and Health, identified the following:

“Based on systematic and comprehensive evaluations that used the three criteria (prevalence, risk, and efficacy), the panel recommended that the following be included as priority allergens: cereals containing gluten (ie, wheat and other Triticum species, rye and other Secale species, barley and other Hordeum species and their crossbred strains). ), crustaceans, eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, sesame, tree nuts (almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, pistachios, walnuts).5

The Barry Report and Policy Objective for the White House Conference were also informed by several of the 1,576 public comments submitted to the Food and Drug Administration during the summer of 2022 on assessing the public health importance of protecting consumers with celiac disease while classifying gluten as a food allergen. Main. Barry’s Report to the Food and Drug Administration (Docket: FDA-2021-N-0553) Available here, www.celiacjourney.com/whconf

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1
https://health.gov/our-work/nutrition-physical-activity/white-house-conference-hunger-nutrition-and-health/conference-details
2 https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AI-22-004.html
3 www.celiacjourney.com/abcnews
4 https://www.fao.org/3/cb4653en/cb4653en.pdf
5 https://www.fao.org/3/cb4653en/cb4653en.pdf

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