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Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: February 23, 2024 03:59 PM
From: Representative Mary Jo Daley
To: All House members
Subject: Labeling of Food and Medicine That Contains Gluten
In the near future, I plan to introduce two bills to help those with Celiac disease and others with an intolerance to gluten better identify products that contain this protein.  The legislation would require that food (bill #1) and medicine (bill #2) that contains gluten be properly labeled as such.
Celiac disease, an illness caused by an autoimmune reaction to gluten, affects about 1% of the United States’ population, while another 6% of the population has an intolerance to gluten, meaning over 900,000 Pennsylvanians who ingest gluten suffer from symptoms such as hives, skin rash, nausea, stomach cramps, indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, joint pain, infertility, early osteoporosis, bloating, and low blood counts.
Under federal law, food products containing wheat must be labeled to identify its presence.  However, gluten can be found in grains other than wheat, including barley, oats, and rye.  Without properly labeling all products that contain gluten, we put many of our fellow citizens at risk of developing severe reactions to the food and medicine they ingest.
Please join me in support of this effort to help those who are allergic to gluten better identify food and medicine that could be harmful to them.

Document #1

Introduced as HB2122

Description: Document No. 1 - This bill would require that food that contains gluten be properly labeled as such.
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Document #2

Introduced as HB2120

Description: Document No. 2 - This bill would require that medicine that contains gluten be properly labeled as such.
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