(Press Release) Arlington, VA, June 01, 201–CeliAct, makers of nutritional supplements for people with celiac disease, conducted tests on the new Domino’s gluten-free pizza to see if it contained gluten. Using their state of the art lab with strict gluten thresholds, they tested pizzas from three major cities. Two of the pizzas had no detectable gluten, while a third had trace levels considered safe by almost all standards.
The test was done in response to the heated controversy surrounding Domino’s new gluten-free pizza. Many in the gluten-free community were upset that Domino’s issued a warning that the pizzas were not intended for people with celiac disease, the most severe form of gluten intolerance. “There was a huge debate about whether Domino’s gluten-free pizzas contained gluten or not,” says Max Librach, Co-Founder of CeliAct. “So we decided to use our lab to see for ourselves.”
The pizzas from Domino’s in Boston and New Orleans came back undetectable for gluten (with a detection threshold of 3 parts per million). The pizza from Washington, DC contained 7 parts per million of gluten. To put that into perspective, the widely respected Gluten-Free Certification Organization uses a threshold of 10 parts per million to determine if a food is gluten-free. National celiac experts and support groups have urged the FDA to use a threshold of 20 parts per million in their gluten-free labeling laws.
“This does not mean that we endorse Domino’s gluten-free pizza for people with celiac,” says Zach Rachins, another Co-Founder of CeliAct. “Instead, we just wanted to know if the gluten-free community should be any more critical of Domino’s than it is of other national chains with gluten-free offerings like Outback Steakhouse, P.F. Chang’s, or Legal Seafood. Other restaurants that have gluten-free menus don’t have dedicated gluten-free kitchens. We thought the backlash might have just been in response to how Domino’s communicated their warning to celiacs.”
For a full description of how the experiment was carried out, see the full post on the CeliAct Blog.
CeliAct is a nutritional supplement created just for people with celiac disease. Since the two most common symptoms of celiac are nutritional deficiencies and intestinal discomfort, CeliAct contains all of the essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes and probiotics that someone with celiac should take on a daily basis to ease these symptoms. For more information, visit http://www.CeliAct.com.