Government and Educational Links
Food and Drug Page
|1) Lookup - Ingredients in medications
National Institutes of Health consumer information on diseases and conditions
|2) Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics|
|3) As a regulatory agency, FDA publishes rules that establish or modify the way it regulates foods, drugs, biologics, cosmetics, radiation-emitting electronic products, and medical devices--commodities close to the daily lives of all Americans. FDA rules have considerable impact on the nation's health, industries and economy. These rules are not created arbitrarily or in a vacuum. They are formed with the public's help|
is the official Web site of the United States Department of Agriculture.
|USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference of food ingredients||5) Search the USDA National Nutrient Database by food product, such as dinner roll,
Search the USDA National Nutrient Database by single nutrients, such as calcium or niacin
FDA Searchable References and Databases
The Code of Federal Regulations database of Regulations for Foods in US. (CFCR) The regulations for foods in US.
The Compliance Policy Guides Manual Contents/Update Page a database of generally accepted definitions and procedures for food industry.
FDA Consumer Protection and Information
- FDA Proposed Definition of Gluten-Free for Labeling
- To report adverse reactions or other problems with FDA-regulated products, contact the FDA district office consumer complaint coordinator for your geographic area.
- Report Problems with Medical Products Online to FDA's MedWatch
- Is It Really FDA Approved?
- For information about the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA), see US FDA/CFSAN - Information about Food Allergens.
- FDA provides information on small businesses requesting exemption from nutritional labeling for conventional food and dietary supplemental labeling.
- "Approaches to Establish Thresholds for Major Food Allergens and for Gluten in Food" http://www.fda.gov/Food/LabelingNutrition/FoodAllergensLabeling/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/ucm106108.htm Completed March 2006 and Prepared by The Threshold Working group
- Making Your Voice Heard at FDA: How to Comment on Proposed Regulations and Submit Petitions
|The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)||1) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.|
2) The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.
Helping to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people's health and save lives, NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases.
3) Conducts and supports basic and clinical research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health.
Until May 19, 1972, the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases; until June 23, 1981, the National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolism, and Digestive Diseases; and until April 8, 1986, the National Institute of Arthritis, Diabetes, and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Opportunities and Challenges in Digestive Diseases Research:
Digestive Diseases Research
Public Comments were open from February 8–March 8, 2008
PDF version of draft research plan: (PDF-4MB)
508 compliant HTML version of draft research plan: (HTML)
In 2004, Celiac Sprue Association (CSA) collaborated with the NIH to launch this campaign to heighten awareness of celiac disease among health care professionals and the public.
The campaign website (www.celiac.nih.gov) provides access to:
5) The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC′s Mission is "To promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability". CDC′s Vision for the 21st Century is "Healthy People in a Healthy World—Through Prevention".
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Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
|The Federal Government Source for Women's Health Information|
1) thomas.loc.gov provides information on legislation including bill numbers, text, status, sponsors, etc.
2) USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.
Legislation of Interest
Contact your Senator's, Representatives or the media about legislative issues.
The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, Title II of Senate Bill S.741 became law on August 2, 2004 with President George W. Bush’s signature. The following is a summary of the bill’s provisions related to Voluntary food labeling using the term “gluten-free”.
"Not later than two years after the date of enactment, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with appropriate experts and stakeholders, shall issue a proposed rule to define, and permit use of, the term 'gluten-free' on the labeling of foods. Not later than four years after the date of enactment, the Secretary shall issue a rule to define, and permit use of, 'gluten-free' on the labeling of foods." Section 206.
Advocacy In Action
CSA is part of the following Advocacy Groups
National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
Celiac disease and refractory celiac disease are currently listed as rare diseases. CSA actively supports the NORD position and letter linked below. A letter of support was signed by CSA to support NORD's original work on this project.
The following letter was released by NORD on April 6, 2012.
You may have received an email this morning from another organization urging immediate action, including contacting Senators Harkin and Enzi, related to the rare disease language in the Senate's discussion draft of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), which was released Wednesday night.
We want you to be aware that NORD strongly disagrees with the message in that email. To the contrary, we believe the Senate HELP Committee is listening to the rare disease community and working hard to ensure that the community's positions are well represented. NORD has been working closely with the committee and we support the language in the Senate PDUFA draft, as well as the FAST Act.
We wanted you to know that NORD is sending a letter to Senators Harkin and Enzi today, thanking them for their efforts on behalf of the rare disease community. For rare disease patient advocates to contact members of Congress without having complete information at this time could be counter-productive.
Digestive Disease National Coalition (DDNC)
DDNC Public Policy Forum Celiac Sprue Association members are encouraged to attend:
On Sunday, the PPF will consist of presentations on federal-level digestive disease policy made by the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services and others. On Monday, DDNC members have will an opportunity to meet with their congressional representatives.
Public Policy Forum
Alliance for a Stronger FDA
The Genetic Alliance is a coalition of more than 600 advocacy organizations serving 25 million people affected by 1000 conditions. The organization works to transform leadership in the genetics community to build capacity in advocacy organizations and to educate policymakers by leveraging the voices of individuals and families. Genetic Alliance increases the capacity of genetic advocacy organizations to achieve their missions and leverages the voices of millions of individuals and families living with genetic conditions.