Wedding cake, birthday cake, time-of-the-month cake–who doesn’t love cake for a good cause?
Gluten-free author/advocate Jules Shepard is encouraging everyone to stand up to the FDA for its blatant foot-dragging on the issue of food label standards and gluten-free products. The solution? Kill ’em with cake.
Shapard has spearheaded an organization and event dubbed “1 in 133” (the number of Americans with Celiac Disease) has been created to encourage the FDA to finalize these standards, which have been in the works since 2007. Currently, U.S. food manufacturers can claim “gluten-free” on product labels without appropriately informing consumers if a product is truly free of all potentially harmful ingredients.
To draw attention to the FDA’s inaction, and to galvanize the burgeoning gluten-free community, leading members of this community will host Capitol Hill legislators, noted celiac disease researchers, gluten-free community leaders and food corporations to the first Gluten Free Food Labeling Summit, in Washington, D.C. on May 4th, 2011. Coinciding with the newly recognized National Celiac Awareness Month, the event will also feature the world’s largest gluten-free cake – symbolizing the big deal that clear, accurate, reliable labeling plays in the lives of people dependent on labeling for their health.
The campaign encourages you to donate $11.33 (clever) to the cause for each person in your home who eats gluten-free. The site also allows you to sign a petition and/or write to the FDA.
Read the full press release for more info.