Have you heard of Gluten-Free Watchdog before? It is a company that performs independent testing of gluten-free products that are currently on the market. Gluten-Free Watchdog was founded by Tricia Thompson, MS, RD, to make food testing information available to those who are interested in it. More about Tricia:
Tricia Thompson, MS, RD is an internationally recognized expert on celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. A nutrition consultant, researcher, and writer, she has written numerous articles for both scientific and popular readers, including those that have appeared inGluten-Free Living magazine, The Journal of the American Dietetic Association, The Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, and The New England Journal of Medicine. She also writes the Living Gluten-Free blog for diet.com.
Tricia is the author of a variety of books and book chapters on the gluten-free diet, including The Gluten-Free Nutrition Guide (McGraw-Hill), The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Eating (Penguin), the American Dietetic Association’s booklet Celiac Disease Nutrition Guide, and the American Dietetic Association’s Easy Gluten-Free: Expert Nutrition Advice with More Than 100 Recipes. Tricia is also the author of the chapter entitled, “The Nutritional Quality of Gluten-Free Foods” in the book Gluten-Free Food Science and Technology (Wiley-Blackwell). The Books & Articles page has more information about these titles.
Tricia has been a contributing author to The American Dietetic Association’s Nutrition Care Manual and a work group member of the Association’s Evidence Analysis Library (EAL) project on celiac disease. The EAL workgroup recently released nutrition practice guidelines for celiac disease. The Resources page has an executive summary of these guidelines.
Ms. Thompson is on the medical advisory board of ZEER.com and the dietitian advisory board of Gluten-Free Living magazine.
Tricia has a MS degree in nutrition from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and a BA degree in English Literature from Middlebury College in Vermont. She completed her dietetic internship at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center at the New England Medical Center in Boston.
The cost of the Gluten-Free Watchdog subscription is $4.99/month and may be cancelled at any time. Some basic information is available to everyone, but full report access is only for those who subscribe.
I heard about Gluten-Free Watchdog a few months back, looked into it and forgot about it. It came to my attention again today when I was browsing Twitter and saw a Tweet alert about Food for Life brown rice tortillas and millet bread. It seems as if a couple of lots that were tested for gluten by Gluten-Free Watchdog came back with results showing amounts higher than 20ppm (gluten-free is considered below 20ppm). I always knew there was a chance of some of the gluten-free foods that we consume being contaminated, but is worrisome because Food for Life is one of the brands I always thought I could depend on. Additionally, there is an alert about naturally gluten-free grains that was posted in November of this year.
I think that $4.99/month is a very reasonable price for access to this information. There have been many times where I have heard of people trying to figure out what made them sick. Going over the food you eat daily, that is supposed to be safe, is a daunting & exhausting chore, especially if you aren’t feeling well. Having access to the information at Gluten-Free Watchdog may help simplify the mystery or avoid the issue all together.
Have you checked out Gluten-Free Watchdog?