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Carrabba's Italian Grill - False Gluten Free Menu (with a DISCLAIMER?!)
About the Chain
As I soon plan to, once again, travel to the United States of America, I have been looking up a number of gluten free restaurant destinations that may be worth stopping by. So, I took a moment to search for (google) restaurants that offered gluten free menus around the areas of which I will be staying in. It appears as though Carrabba's offers a designated gluten free menu of which is available for perusal online. It is located in approximately 32 states of the country, and this place (at first sight) appears to offer quite some good selection for for diners with Celiac (Coeliac) Disease. That is, until the 'fine print' beneath all other text on the menu 'greets you' as you get ready to order!
Observing the Disclaimer
The main text Reads: "This menu and the information on it are provided by Carrabba’s Italian Grill, in cooperation with the Gluten intolerance Group (“GIG”), as a service to our customers. Carrabba’s and GIG assume no responsibility for its use and any resulting liability or consequential damages are denied. Cynthia Kupper, a Registered Dietitian with GIG, prepared this information (which has not been verified by Carrabba’s.)"
ILLEGAL GLUTEN FREE ADVERTISING COMES FROM Carrabba's!
Excerpt from the proposed FDA Food Labeling Regulations:
FDA proposes to define the term "gluten-free" to mean that a food bearing this claim in its labeling does not contain any one of the following:
An ingredient that is a prohibited grain
An ingredient that is derived from a prohibited grain and that has not been processed to remove gluten
An ingredient that is derived from a prohibited grain and that has been processed to remove gluten, if the use of that ingredient results in the presence of 20 parts per million (ppm) or more gluten in the food or
20 ppm or more gluten
Addressing the Law:
Based on the proposed food law in the United States, it is illegal to advertise a product as gluten free UNLESS IT IS! How hard is it for businesses to understand this?
Why do they exploit our dietary requirements instead of just lay it out in an allergens grid format?
Leave your comments below and bring your own views across. To be honest, this destination is a no-no for ANY celiac out there and it STINKS that this food organisation is exploiting celiacs and SUCKING MONEY OUT OF US like we're simply some NICHE Target Group!