I have not been quiet about Omission barley made Beer NOT being gluten free. I have also not been quiet about the recent seal of approval the Celiac Sprue Association decided to bestow upon Omission Beer. Nor have I changed my opinion based on the threat of possible lawsuit for slander. CSA says that it is new innovation that drives this approval.
“Future: Innovation in agriculture, processing and testing are encouraged.
With validated elimination of celiac toxic amino acid sequences, in the future a product may qualify for the CSA Recognition Seal with celiac special wheat, barley, rye and oats. Promising: Watch for varieties of wheat, barley, rye and oats that are consistently absent of the celiac toxic amino acid sequences. Watch for refined processing systems for wheat, barley, rye or oats that remove the celiac toxic amino acid sequences. Watch for commercial testing procedure advances. As innovative manufacturing processes and gluten-detection methods emerge, the variety of food and beverage choices for celiacs and other gluten sensitive consumers is expanding.”
Confusing? A little disheveled & hard to read? As if figuring out what gluten free means for a lot of people, now we have to figure out what, “elimination of celiac toxic amino acid sequences” means? Where is the long term research to go along with this new innovation?
In an email to Erin Smith of GlutenFreeFun, Mary Schluckebier had this to say:
“When the known barley celiac toxic amino acid sequences of the proteins that were in the beginning ingredients are absent as validated by beginning and ending mass spectrometry that represents a product that has been rendered non-celiac toxic. Mathematically, this would place the product below 5 ppm.“
From what I have read, Gluten is extremely complex with over 100 proteins, so I would like to know more about this technology. How are you able to turn some proteins off? What exactly is happening to the protein? How is it being removed?
On Wednesday, @USNewsHealth held an open #GlutenChat on twitter, inviting all to join. One of the many articles I tweeted was, Celiac Sprue Association Sells Out to Omission Beer. This article is based on facts I have researched from the CSA, Omission, FDA & TTB websites, as well as statements made directly by the executive director of CSA and my opinion based on those facts.
Maybe because there were so many people involved, something about this tweet struck a nerve and I received this message from Executive Director, Mary A. Schluckebier:
@kirsten__berman Your Twitter comment will be sent to our legal counsel for review. False statements with damages are libelous. @MASchluckebier
I am glad that Ms. Schluckebier reached out when she did, I was worried this topic was being left on the backpage.
*Here is a link to the article she is calling “libelous”:
*My follow up article:
*Here are links to the previous articles I have written pertaining to Omission barley made Beer:
**Let me also add that since publishing some of my articles, CSA has since updated their website** FOR FURTHER INFO on Comments Made By CSA or its Representatives Please Go To: