Gluten Free Philippines and Laws!

I found this ABSTRACT!

Another Silly Act!


Let's see a great Gluten Free law like Australia Has, ANY measurable about of gluten and the product may not be labeled "Gluten-Free" - Now that is a good law, instead we have this watered down law.


Gluten-Free Philippine Tourism!


1 in 133 people in the USA and Europe have gluten problems. That is about the same number of people as the Philippines has OFWs - about 10 Million. !0 Million People visiting other countries like Australia for Gluten-Free Tourism and vacations because Australia had a great gluten-free labeling law.

Isn't it time that the Philippines took the lead and past a law that says "Gluten-Free" means Gluten Free (any amount is too much is what our doctors tell us!).

Well here is the Silly Act (too bad they are not Celiac Sufferers or they would know that Gluten-Free needs to mean "No Gluten!")...




Philippine Congress
(House Bill 03345)
NO. HB03345

FULL TITLE : AN ACT ESTABLISHING A GLUTEN-FREE LABELING STANDARD AND LABELING REQUIREMENT ON FOODSTUFFS AND INGREDIENTS WHICH HAVE BEEN PROCESSED OR PREPARED TO MEET THE DIETARY NEEDS OF PERSONS INTOLERANT TO GLUTEN

SHORT TITLE : "Gluten-Free Labeling Standard Act"

ABSTRACT : The bill proposes the adoption of a regulation on the use of "gluten-free" on food product labels that is in line with the Codex Alimentarius (a Geneva-based international organization that is jointly run by the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).

BY CONGRESSMAN/WOMAN VILLAFUERTE, LUIS R.
DATE FILED ON 2007-12-19

CO-AUTHORS:
ROMUALDEZ, FERDINAND MARTIN G.
ARROYO, DIOSDADO IGNACIO JOSE MARIA

REFERRAL ON 2007-12-19 TO THE COMMITTEE ON TRADE AND INDUSTRY
SIGNIFICANCE: NATIONAL

DATE READ: 2007-12-19




Note: Codex Alimentarius says 0.05 grams per 100 grams...
I figure that is 500 ppm
That would be 100 times more than the Australian Standard of 5 ppm
And 25 times as much as the proposed USA standard of 20 ppm.
People complain that the USA standard is too high!

Here are the laws as I have been able to verify them so far. A lot of people miss quote (as below at <0.03% verses the actual <0.05% for the Codex used in Europe). I will try to organize this "Gluten-Free" label information in pps - parts per million - and update it as information becomes available.

500 pps - Europe, proposed for the Philippines
100-10-20 the changing proposal in the USA
10 pps - Canada
0-5 pps - Australia

Gluten Free means – no wheat, corn, barley, or proteins found within grains.
Foods labeled as Gluten Free contain no detectable gluten
-Food Standard Australia/New Zealand

A board moderator at Celiac.com writing about the new proposed law wrote this...




Just be aware that the Codex Alimentarius allows food with up to 200 parts per million of gluten to still be declared gluten-free. When of course in fact, they really aren't 100% gluten-free, and some people who are extremely gluten intolerant will react to those foods.

They declare wheat starch and wheat germ oil to be gluten-free, but those make many people with celiac disease sick.

So, personally, I wouldn't trust that new law.




More Information...

According to:
http://www.catholicceliacs.org/Keeping.html
A page discussing gluten in the Catholic Communion Hosts (wafers) it says...

The recommendation for the designation “gluten-free” in the U.S., Australia, and Canada is currently <0.001% gluten, whereas the European standard for “gluten-free” is <0.03% gluten. In Australia, some patients who do not respond to the standard European gluten free diet did respond to the lower gluten Australian gluten-free diet which suggests that there are some patients who require the stricter diet. But in patients without symptoms, there is no real way of knowing if long term exposure to low levels of gluten, as in receiving communion with a low gluten host, will cause damage.