JEFFERSON CITY -
A Missouri legislature is pushing for better labeling about a product that causes a
kind of food allergy that affects millions of Americans.
The product is avoid
gluten, contained in wheat, that is used both in food and other products.
The bill, sponsored by, Rep. Vicky Englund,
D-St. Louis, would include not only food but all hygiene items including
shampoo and conditioner.
Under her proposal, manufacturers and wholesalers of such products
would be required to label whether the item contain gluten. Englund
said she was moved to introduce this legislation by one of her
"She got gluten out of her diet completely, but was still very ill and almost
died," Englund said. "By process of elimination and further research,
she concluded that there was gluten in her shampoo."
amounts of gluten can be found in many cosmetics, lotions and shampoos,
according to The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center.
study by George Washington University not only confirmed this fact, but
also showed that using these products may pose a threat for gluten
sensitive people. Cosmetics items often contain Vitamin E, considered
healthy for the human skin. And the most common source for naturally
derived Vitamin E is from wheat germ oil.
gluten-labeling bill is currently pending before the House Health Care
Policy Committee, but has not been scheduled for a hearing yet.
to The National Institutes of Health, between 5% and 10% of all
Americans suffer from a gluten sensitivity of some form. Even the
reporter of this news is included in this population. The U.S. market
with gluten-free products is expected to grow to about $5.5 billion by
By way of full disclosure, the author of this article has an allergy to gluten.