Saturday, November 21, 2009

Five Guys Burgers and Fries- Gluten Free!

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is ALL gluten-Free, EXCEPT their buns!!!! Right on their main page it says : "Zero Gluten, except for our buns"

How Awesome is this?!
Five Guys website:

The burgers are really good, and the fries, that come in regular or Cajun are good as well- they give you LOTS to a "regular" size is more than enough for 2 to share! They do cook the fries in peanut oil, so unfortunately, those with a peanut allergy would have to stay away. (they also serve old-fashion peanuts in the shell while you wait!) Just remember to ask that they change their gloves prior to making your hamburger because they are handling buns all day- so as to limit the cross-contamination changing gloves is a good idea! They have tons of toppings and a "regular" burger comes with 2 hamburger patties, and they have a "little" burger, which would only be one!

Here are the following locations on Long Island (Hicksville is "coming soon"). There are also a lot around the NYC boroughs, NJ, CT, PA and upstate NY.

Kohl's Shopping Center (next to DSW)
3497 Hempstead Turnpike
Levittown, NY 11756
Tel: 516-796-1237

Bay Village Plaza
35 Merrick Road
Amityville, NY 11701
Tel: 631-691-6800

Long Beach
2-4 W. Park Avenue
Long Beach, NY 11561
Tel: 516-431-1999

Merrick *NOW OPEN!*
2099 Merrick Road
Merrick, NY 11566

Coming Soon!
265 North Broadway
Hicksville, NY 11801

601 Veteran's Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Tel: 631-265-0335

Huntington Shopping Plaza
350 Route 110
Huntington Station, NY 11746

Friday, November 20, 2009

USA Today Article on Celiac Disease and GF foods!

Friday in USA Today there was a great pull-out section on Celiac Disease and eating Gluten-Free with great information! I received a PDF copy of this and wanted to share!

USA Today Media Planet on Celiac Disease 11.20.09

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Update on the FDA GF Labeling Law Study

OK, so the FDA released an update on the “gluten-free” Labeling study that is going on- this report is dated November 9, 2009- and the study that I took part in was on November 10th, but that was a focus group (my group was only 8 people) and there was a group before us, of about the same size. I am only aware of 2 such “focus groups” taking place, on in NJ, and the other was in CA. Our focus group showed us pictures of food labels and asked us which we preferred based on what the label said- some examples were the varying ways to list the term “``gluten-free'' (e.g., ``free of gluten,'' ``without gluten,'' ``no gluten''), in addition to other types of statements (e.g., ``made in a gluten-free facility'' or ``not made in a facility that processes gluten-containing foods'') on the food label.

Based on this report, I am not sure which “phase” of the study I was a part of- it definitely was not an “online survey” nor a “paper survey”- and was not 10,000 people. In this report, it did say in the comments area under comment #7-

“Comment 7) One comment asked that the questions be very clear.
(Response) FDA agrees that it is important that the study questions be unambiguous. To achieve this goal, FDA will conduct cognitive interviews prior to administering the main study, in which a trained interviewer goes through the questionnaire with adults with celiac disease and discusses whether the questions are understandable and valid.”

So, I wonder if this was the “cognitive interviews prior to administering the main study” to ascertain if the questions were unambiguous- or actually a “pre-interview” because they did not ask us the questionnaire, just our feedback on the pictures- so more likely this was a pre-interview in which they will use our comments to MAKE the questions, to THEN be interviewed, and THEN be distributed?

Either way, it’s exciting to see some more info and movement on this VERY important study and eventual label law!

My one concern is in the beginning where it says “In the proposed rule (72 FR 2795), FDA proposed a regulation to define the term ``gluten-free'' and to establish uniform conditions for its use in the voluntary labeling of foods”

VOLUNTARY?!?! Why would they do all this and make it “VOLUNTARY” - unless they are saying that people don’t HAVE to label their food gluten-free, but if they DO, it has to mean something (be legit). I guess this makes sense.

Here is the summary of what the study sets out to do:

FDA is planning to conduct an experimental study about gluten-free labeling of food products. The Gluten-Free Labeling of Food Products Experimental Study will collect information from both consumers who have celiac disease or gluten intolerance and those who do not have either condition. The purpose of the study is to gauge perceptions of characteristics related to claims of ``gluten-free'' and allowed variants (e.g., ``free of gluten,'' ``without gluten,'' ``no gluten''), in addition to other types of statements (e.g., ``made in a gluten-free facility'' or ``not made in a facility that processes gluten-containing foods'') on the food label. The study will also assess consumer understanding of ``gluten-free'' claims on foods that are naturally free of gluten, and gauge consumer reaction to a product carrying a
gluten claim concurrently with a statement about the amount of gluten
the product contains.

Here is the FDA Report link....


Sunday, November 15, 2009

FDA does research on "Gluten-Free" food labeling!

I recently participated in a study for the FDA on the issue of gluten-free product labeling. It was very interesting and I'm so glad to have been a part of it. They asked questions about pictures of GF labels that they showed us for the "most" confusing and "least" confusing- and which ones we had more confidence in.

Go to this website, and mid-way down the page, see "Gluten-Free" where you will find the FDA's proposed rule to define the food labeling term "gluten-free" and a Q and A about this proposal.

They told us to keep checking the website for updates (the last posting was from 2007!! so hopefully there will be some updates now in 2009-2010!) We were also told that in the near future, the FDA plans to publish for public comment a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of the agency's safety assessment on gluten exposure in individuals with ceilac disease. Sometime after the comment period on this safety assessment closes, the FDA will issue a final rule defining the term "gluten-free"!


Boulder Creek IN HICKSVILLE Joins GFRAP!

Boulder Creek in Hicksville (only) has joined the Gluten-Free Restaurant Awarness Program!

From the GFRAP website:
"Everything is better at Boulder! Come in and enjoy steak, chicken or fish. All of our seasonings are gluten-free. Even the french fries are gluten-free-they are cooked in a dedicated fryer!"

Boulder Creek Steakhouse
200 N Broadway
NY, New York 11801

I can't wait to try the french fries!!! (Update: They were GREAT!)