AUBURN, Wash. (Sept. 6, 2017)—Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), the industry leader in the certification of gluten-free products and food services, announces it is presenting three studies at the 17th International Celiac Disease Symposium in New Delhi, India, from Sept. 8-10. The symposium draws scientists, nutritionists, celiac patients and food industry representatives from around the world to discuss and explore the best ways to address the challenges faced by patients with celiac disease.
Laura Allred, regulatory and standards manager for GIG, will present the following GIG initiatives at the symposium:
- Safety of gluten-removed beer: A first of its kind pilot study, GIG’s “The Celiac Patient Antibody Response to Conventional and Gluten-Removed Beer,” published by the Journal of AOAC International1, indicates “gluten-removed” beer may not be safe for those with celiac disease.
- Purity Protocol for gluten-free oats: In collaboration with oat processors, GIG developed an industry agreed-upon definition and requirements for operating under a “Purity Protocol”—a claim made by processors for the provision of gluten-free oats. It was published in the journal Cereal Chemistry2 by AACC International.
- Threshold for gluten grains in non-gluten grains: GIG is finalizing a new study, expected to be published later this year, that establishes number of gluten-containing grains that are allowed in non-gluten grains in order to meet the GFCO threshold of 10 ppm gluten. This study also looks at the feasibility of the proposed threshold in current oat processing operations.
“We are looking forward to sharing these studies and results at the symposium with industry experts and those living with celiac disease from across the world,” Allred said. “GIG is committed to conducting studies and utilizing the latest scientific research to validate the decisions we make when certifying products and foodservices as gluten-free. In this way we assure the safety of the gluten-free community and the commitment of our manufacturers to consumers.”
For information on ICDS 2017, visit: www.icds2017india.com.