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Gluten Free Pizza? Beware of Cross-Contamination

Pizza Hut just announced it is introducing gluten-free pizza.  That may seem counterintuitive considering the importance of the pizza crust, but gluten-free pizza has been around for many years and is found extensively throughout Italy.  Gluten-free flour is available in most grocery stores.  The potential concern is the risk of cross-contamination.  Does the restaurant use a dedicated gluten-free kitchen, gluten-free pots and pans, and gluten free utensils?  Does the restaurant staff wear gloves or are they dedicated to the gluten-free side of the house?  Does the staff truly understand the importance of avoiding cross-contamination? If you suffer from Celiac disease and you accidentally eat food containing gluten due to cross-contamination in the restaurant kitchen, contact our firm today to discuss your legal rights.

“Gluten Free” Food Labelling Leads to New Lawsuits

Getting sick from consuming gluten is an extremely painful experience for anyone suffering from Celiac Disease.  Fortunately, the FDA issued a new regulation effective immediately prohibiting “packaged food” from being labeled “Gluten Free” unless it meets a strict test for what qualifies as gluten-free.  One may think that being gluten-free means being entirely free of gluten — you would be mistaken. Now,“Gluten-Free” means: (1) the food does not contain any gluten-containing grain (e.g., spelt wheat); and (2) the food does not contain an ingredient that is derived from a gluten-containing grain and that has not been processed to remove gluten (e.g., wheat flour);and (3) the food does not contain an ingredient that is derived from a gluten-containing grain and that has been processed to remove gluten (e.g., wheat starch), if the use of that ingredient results in the presence of 20 parts per million (ppm) or more gluten in the…
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Florida Drivers Beware of Faulty Airbags Manufactured by Takata

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags. Over seven million vehicles are involved in these recalls, which have occurred as far back as 18 months ago and as recently as Monday. The message comes with urgency, especially for owners of vehicles affected by regional recalls in the following areas: Florida, Puerto Rico, limited areas near the Gulf of Mexico in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Louisiana, as well as Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawaii. 7.8 Million Affected U.S. Vehicles, by Manufacturer, Impacted by CY 2013 and 2014 Recalls Involving Takata Airbags BMW: 627,615 total number of potentially affected vehicles 2000 – 2005 3 Series Sedan 2000 – 2006 3 Series Coupe 2000 – 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon 2000 –…
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