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Date:5/9/2013

on) and use a test that can detect gluten levels as low as 10 parts per million.”

Lindberg went on to explain that Extend Nutrition snacks are continually tested for gluten as part of their quality assurance program. Extend uses the anti-omega gliadin antibody developed by Skerritt and Hill for detection. This antibody, which detects both gliadins and glutenins, is the basis of the AOAC International Official Method for gluten detection.

The test used by Extend Nutrition has been validated and certified as a Performance Tested Method(sm) (#051101) by the AOAC Research Institute as an effective method for the detection of Gluten in a wide variety of foods and environmental surfaces.

This type of testing and quality assurance is important to people like Craig, who does not want to take any chances with his health. While he finds it positive that foods that are gluten free are increasing in popularity, his concern is that the foods are actually safe for those with celiac and not just the followers.

Restaurants, he notes in his blog, are a big concern because they do a poor job of separating gluten-free items in their kitchen yet still claim to have gluten-free items.

“Approximately 90 percent of restaurants are catering to the gluten-free lifestyle of customers who are merely interested in the ingredients, but not as much in the safety of cross contamination,” he wrote. “Do not put gluten-free on your menu if you can’t guarantee a celiac can eat there.”

Craig, who was diagnosed in 1997 with celiac disease, said he has been living 100 percent gluten-free for more than 16 years with no “accidents.”

There are no pharmaceutical cures for celiac disease. A 100-percent gluten-free diet is the only existing treatment for celiac today.

The snacks that Extend Nutrition labels as gluten-free are the 7 flavors of Extend bar – Peanut Butter Chocolate Delight, Peanut Delight, Chocolate Delight, Mixed Berry Delight, A
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