I don't really get a case of the 'January Blues', but I do start yearning for the days to get a little longer and for the sun to shine just a little bit brighter. I think after all the twinkling lights of Christmas and the New Year have run their course - everything seems just a little less bright. However, with January comes hope of a better year and better health.
So as of the beginning of this month the coeliac and gluten free world has been all a-buzz with the new Codex standards for labelling gluten free foods and those that may contain low levels of gluten that have come into practice as of the 1st January 2012. There has been a lot of debate about this, both negative and positive - and what this new standard will mean for those on a gluten free diet. I had a post all ready to go on my blog about this, when I noticed there were others who put forward what I was thinking in far more eloquent terms.
Alex Gazzola's blog best sums up my opinion on the whole issue and can be read here: http://foodallergyandintolerance.blogspot.com/2012/01/welcome-to-2012-and-20ppm-defending-new.html
Another great read about the new standard is Michelle's blog at Foods Matter.com here: http://www.foodsmatter.com/blog/new-codex-standard-for-gluten-free-food-and-the-dreaded-may-contain/
The FSAI have also updated their guidance note concerning the labelling of gluten free foods here: http://www.fsai.ie/uploadedFiles/labelling_gluten_free_foods_update.pdf
In a nutshell, I welcome the new standards and hope that this will help those who suffer from coeliac disease and those who are gluten intolerant.
So there you have it, my brief two cents on the issue. Not the most exciting way to start my blog in the new year, but I think it's worth publishing - maybe just to point people in the right direction where to look and where there is intelligent commentary on the new standards that are being used.