The availability of experts on the gluten free diet is scary, almost as scary as those who lie about it or actively discriminate. (There's even a facebook page, We Love Gluten- with tagline "And hate anyone who can't have it". )Which has since been removed. Hmmm...
Even the gluten-free nutrition experts can be full of horseshit. My sister & I seperately dealt with such nonsense. One proclaimed sugar to act as a drug. Not so much! And praised quinoa to be an end all be all. But what of potato, tapioca, rice, almond, guava, fava bean, and more. Look, I love quinoa. Good cereal. But fuck if I'm living on cereal!
Sugar, by the way, is not a drug as it does not stimulate the "addiction center" of the brain. True! This expert was placing it in the same damn category as nicotine, caffeine and crack! I am saddened and insulted.
I was cheered when Bob's Red Mill, who works hard for the GF community, responded honestly and took buckwheat flour (usually, buckwheat is considered "GF Safe") because it did not always test gluten-free out of the GF product line. They may not be a totally gluten-free company, but they are rigorous.
So, I guess, it's win-some-lose-some.
As for the NC baker who lied to customers - re-packaging normal bread as Gluten-free, to the government, and what not, he is guilty and sentenced to 11 years in prison.
A group, 1 In 133 (One out of "every" one-hundred and 33 Americans has celiac or other gluten intolerance) is pushing to make the packaging of gluten free items safer, with mandatory labeling, which is not required at this time.