We all know that the FDA missed the August 2008 deadline to finalize the FALCPA law as well as the 2010 deadline to enact the law which was proposed in 2004 and passed in 2006. The law states the following for Gluten labeling...
Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with appropriate experts and stakeholders, shall issue a proposed rule to define, and permit use of, the term ``gluten-free'' on the labeling of foods. Not later than 4 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall issue a final rule to define, and permit use of, the term ''gluten-free'' on the labeling of foods.Ever thought about what can be accomplished in ten years (by the time this is actually passed it will probably be ten years - hopefully not more). See below for some examples of what can be done in ten years.
- A band of colonists organized and defeated the strongest military in the world. Remember the US Revolution? In less than 10 years, the “shot heard ’round the world” transformed the way the world viewed freedom and liberty.
- The US put a man on the moon. Our country accepted the challenge issued by President John Kennedy and, using computer systems that had less computing power than a cheap digital watch today, we left Earth and set foot on another celestial body.
- The Transcontinental Railroad was completed and what was a six month trip from coast to coast was reduced to about 6 days
- The Panama Canal, the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Hoover Dam were all completed in 10 years or less. You learned to speak your native language in less than 10 years. You learned to walk in less than two!
So what can you do to help? Visit 1in133.org for more details on the summit and how you can support their efforts. You can sign a petition to the FDA (currently has nearly 6,000 signatures), send a letter, you can donate money (I donated $133 to be a sponsor) or you can go the summit yourself and shout some cool chants at lawmakers on Capital Hill. Special thanks to Jules Shepard for organizing the event and building the cake (which was built by Lee Tobin at the Whole Foods GF Bakehouse here in the Triangle)! Click here to read an interview with Jules conducted by Hajo at Custom Choice Cereal. Click here to read various media mentions of the event.
Event Details - Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Join us to watch construction of the World’s Largest Gluten Free Cake
Embassy Suites Convention Center
900 10th Street NW, Washington, DC
Phone: 1+(202) 739-2001
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Donor and Sponsor Reception
Individuals, organizations, and companies who graciously provided support for the GF Labeling Summit are invited to join us to celebrate Awareness Month, the unveiling of the cake, and hear guest speakers.
6:15 p.m. Program begins
7:00 p.m. VIP / Summit reception (private room)
7:30 p.m. Closing remarks by event organizers (main room)
All Day – Individuals are encouraged to make appointments with their Representative and Senators to discuss the need for gluten-free labeling standards. Not sure how to do this? See "Coming to the Summit" by clicking here.
Best of luck to all those attending - let's hope this issue is finally resolved very soon.