Gluten Free Meals at College Campuses

11 Jan

Nothing too dramatic to add to this story from the Boston Globe:

The US Department of Justice has reached an agreement with Lesley University that ­requires the school to “continually provide” gluten-­free dining options to students, to ­ensure compliance with a federal law that protects people with disabilities, authorities said.

Among the settlement’s terms, Lesley has ­also agreed to provide a space in its main dining hall to prepare and store gluten- and allergen-free foods and to pay a combined $50,000 in damages to a group of students who have celiac disease or other conditions, the Justice Department said….

Though I welcome these directives, I think a couple of things need to be kept in mind:

  1. An institution may provide gluten free meals under threat of lawsuits–but this does not mitigate risk.
  2. Offering gluten free foods without experts on hand can lead to cross contamination.

Both of the problems above–will lead to MORE lawsuits! I think the problem can be tackled with unified and consistent Gluten Free labeling and more education.



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