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GlutenTox Home as a Qualified Medical Expense

Your Health Savings Account or Flex Spending Account is a great way to keep healthcare costs down. Did you know GlutenTox Home kits are a Qualified Expense? Today’s post is all about Health Savings Accounts, Health Reimbursement Agreements, and Flex Spending Accounts (HSA, HRA, FSA). Did you know that GlutenTox Home is a Qualified Medical […]

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Precautionary labeling and manufacturing facilities

Manufacturers and precautionary labeling: when good manufacturing practices aren’t enough

In the first installment of a two-part post on Precautionary Labeling, we examined the difficulties the average consumer faces in purchasing food for someone with allergen sensitivities. Studies revealed consumers have a relatively difficult time confidently selecting allergen-free products for members of their family. With no legal guidelines on how a manufacturer should label a […]

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Precautionary Allergen Labeling: What is it and what does it mean for consumers?

Living with food allergies carries an expensive price tag. On average, over $25 billion per year is spent on trips to the emergency room, purchasing specialty foods, and doctor’s visits, etc. It is imperative that shoppers can trust food product labels’ allergen warnings, but those labels can be very confusing. Cross-contamination and poor manufacturing practices […]

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USDA and sustainable agriculture

We’ve talked a couple of times over the last few months about changes in the USDA dietary guidelines. These changes, based on the newest research in the area of nutrition, have been adopted into the 2015 edition of the dietary guidelines. One highlight to the new guidelines is a shift away from the food pyramid […]

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New nutrition guidelines from the USDA

Have you checked in on the newest USDA endeavor to encourage a healthy lifestyle? New dietary guidelines were published in 2015, with deeply significant changes to what is included in a healthy diet. The changes have been a long time coming, and were not easy to make. For decades, the recommended diet prioritized consumption of carbohydrates. Oil […]

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New! USDA releases guidelines for controlling allergens

In an effort to keep the public safe, the USDA’s FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service) has released a new guide for controlling allergen contamination in food processing. “Our mission as a public health agency is to protect America’s most vulnerable populations, including children, from harm, and these new guidelines do just that,” said USDA […]

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HACCP vs. HARPC

Since the beginning of discussions on the new Food Safety Modification Act (FSMA) in July 2012, there has been increased talk about HACCP and HARPC within the food safety and production world. Some people tend to use these acronyms interchangeably, however there are distinct differences between the two that are worth knowing in order to […]

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New FSMA rules impact allergen control

As of September 15, 2015 the FDA has finalized two rules under the Food Safety Modification Act of 2010 (FSMA) in order to tighten food safety standards and increase hazard and allergen control throughout every step of food production. While this is extremely good news for consumers with allergies, it also means more testing and […]

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