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Gluten Free Pizza? Beware of Cross-Contamination

January 22nd, 2015

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?images

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

January 22nd, 2015

Gluten free signalGetting 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 food (i.e., 20 milligrams (mg) or more gluten per kilogram (kg) of food); and

(4) the food inherently does not contain gluten; and

(5)  any unavoidable presence of gluten in the food is below 20 ppm gluten (i.e., below 20 mg gluten per kg of food).

The FDA regulation only applies to packaged food, such as frozen items you might by at the grocery store.  Restaurants claiming to serve gluten-free food are NOT subject to this requirement.

If you believe you’ve purchased an item incorrectly labelled “Gluten-Free,” please contact our firm to discuss your legal rights.

Florida Drivers Beware of Faulty Airbags Manufactured by Takata

October 24th, 2014

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 – 2006 3 Series Convertible
2001 – 2006 M3 Coupe
2001 – 2006 M3 Convertible
Chrysler: 371,309 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
2005 – 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 3500
2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 4500
2008 – Dodge Ram 5500
2005 – 2008 Dodge Durango
2005 – 2008 Dodge Dakota
2005 – 2008 Chrysler 300
2007 – 2008 Chrysler Aspen
Ford: 58,669 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2004 – Ranger
2005 – 2006 GT
2005 – 2007 Mustang
General Motors: undetermined total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2005 Pontiac Vibe
2005 – Saab 9-2X
Honda: 5,051,364 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2001 – 2007 Honda Accord)
2001 – 2002 Honda Accord
2001 – 2005 Honda Civic
2002 – 2006 Honda CR-V
2003 – 2011 Honda Element
2002 – 2004 Honda Odyssey
2003 – 2007 Honda Pilot
2006 – Honda Ridgeline
2003 – 2006 Acura MDX
2002 – 2003 Acura TL/CL
2005 – Acura RL
Mazda: 64,872 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2007 Mazda6
2006 – 2007 MazdaSpeed6
2004 – 2008 Mazda RX-8
2004 – 2005 MPV
2004 – B-Series Truck
Mitsubishi: 11,985 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2004 – 2005 Lancer
2006 – 2007 Raider
Nissan: 694,626 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2001 – 2003 Nissan Maxima
2001 – 2004 Nissan Pathfinder
2002 – 2004 Nissan Sentra
2001 – 2004 Infiniti I30/I35
2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4
2003 – 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45
Subaru: 17,516 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2005 Baja
2003 – 2005 Legacy
2003 – 2005 Outback
2004 – 2005 Impreza
Toyota: 877,000 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2002 – 2005 Lexus SC
2002 – 2005 Toyota Corolla
2003 – 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix
2002 – 2005 Toyota Sequoia

If you own or lease an affected vehicle, contact our law firm today to discuss your rights and options.