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The Food and Drug Administration is investigating a potentially dangerous gluten-free food called Gluten Free Foods.
The agency announced on Thursday it will issue a public health advisory to the public about the potential link between gluten-containing foods and potentially serious health effects.
Food manufacturers, food retailers and distributors are urged to be alert to gluten-contaminated products, and to ask their customers to stop using those products.
The FDA said the advisory, issued to the U.S. public, was based on a review of a case study from the Food and Chemical Toxicology Institute in the United Kingdom that involved a woman with celiac disease who had been consuming a gluten-laden meal.
“We know that the use of gluten-based products, including those containing gluten, can increase the risk of gluten intolerance,” the FDA said in a statement.
“Gluten-containing products, especially those that contain gluten, have been associated with adverse health outcomes, including type 1 diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and cardiovascular disease.
We want to provide the public with the information they need to be aware of the potential health risks associated with these products and how to avoid them.”
The FDA noted that some products with gluten-like substances can be found in the food supply, including some gluten-dense foods.
It said the FDA’s investigation will focus on foods that have been manufactured, packaged, sold or consumed in the U, and not necessarily a particular product.
The Food and Food Drug Administration said it will hold a public hearing on Friday at 8:30 a.m.
EDT at its Washington, D.C., headquarters.
It is expected to request public comments on the advisory before the end of the year.
The U.K. Food and Drink Association says a recent study found that the prevalence of celiac in the population of the U was around 1 in 20.
It said the study was not specifically looking at the prevalence in the gluten- and gluten-filled products.