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Fast Facts About the FDA Gluten-Free Labeling Rule

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August 5, 2014 On August 2, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its long-awaited gluten-free food labeling rule. According to the rule, when a manufacturer chooses to put “gluten-free” on food packaging, the item must comply with the new FDA definition of the term – less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of […]

Celiac Associations Around The World

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Traveling the world can be frustrating when you have celiac disease. New experiences bring new foods and ingredients. A foreign language may limit you from asking the right questions to prevent gluten ingestion. Here is a list of celiac associations and persons for popular travel destinations you may contact to plan your dining and grocery […]

Celiac Policies Around The World

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The countries listed have official government policies protecting people with celiac disease and those who must eat a gluten-free diet. Argentina Argentina recently implemented its “National Program for the Detection and Control of Celiac Disease.” The program not only promotes awareness and knowledge regarding celiac disease, it also implemented an impressive array of labelling restrictions […]

Tax Deductions for Celiac Disease

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If you or one of your dependents has celiac disease and you itemize your deductions, the extra costs due to gluten-free dietary restrictions may be taken as a medical expense. In addition, you can deduct the cost of attending medical education conferences. Do You Qualify for a Deduction? AGI threshold increase.  Starting in 2013, the […]

School and Education Benefits

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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 promises equal opportunity for Americans with disabilities. It guarantees full accommodation in federally funded programs and services. You can file a 504 Plan to arrange accommodation for your child’s gluten intolerance at public school. Filing a 504 Plan to Protect Your Child Medical documentation is required to qualify […]

Unemployment Benefits

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The US government offers benefits to Americans whose disability directly leads to them missing at least one year of work. This is a difficult requirement to meet for those with celiac disease as, theoretically, the gluten-free diet ensures a healthy lifestyle. However, for many people it takes years to be diagnosed with celiac disease. If […]