Taking into account the international developments in legal regulation for Celiac Disease, it can be said that Argentina reached an alarming situation. Although it is well known that justice in this South American country takes a long time, it is not easy to understand why the Chamber of Deputies does not act fast enough to make the bill become a law because it already has partial approval in the Senate, since November 2008. The Celiac Act Promoter Group(GPLP) expressed today a sense of worry about this incomprehensible delay.
The Need for Equality
The idea pursued reflects the need for a law to protect Celiacs and to provide equal opportunities in society. Moreover, the promoter group has made an express request that the law provide these 4 basic pillars:
- Labeling for all products as safe for human consumption.
- Detection and control of celiac disease.
- Incorporate diagnosis and treatment of CD in the Mandatory Health Program.
- Education, awareness and dissemination of a celiac problem.
Some information regarding the subject
- When being treated for other conditions, the STATE wastes resources on undiagnosed Celiac individuals.
- Since opportunities are not equal, celiacs do not know what they should eat, and many of the people around them don’t know what Celiac Disease is. Those that do know what it is, don’t know how to help these individuals.
- Hundreds of celiacs are discriminated against and rejected by Social Work and prepays, for this condition.
- For lack of foresight on the State’s end, low-resource Celiacs cannot follow the Celiac diet.
- The combination of poverty and celiac disease douples their exclusion on public policy, creating potential life risks.
The aforementioned proposed law is based on four slogans:
Particularly in regard to labeling, which the Promoter Group of the Law Celiac term “labeled safe” is:1) Establishing a single limit of 10 mg / kg (10 ppm) of gluten, for a product to be considered “gluten free” and therefore unfit for consumption by people with celiac disease. Additionally, all “gluten-free TACC” products must carry at least one of the logos used in Argentina and which are legally approved by the Argentine state. These will be discussed as often as the rules indicate.
2) Any product whose gluten concentration exceeds the limit above must be labeled as “contains gluten”.
NATIONAL PROGRAM FOR DETECTION AND CONTROL OF CELIAC DISEASE
In 2007 a group of celiacs, relatives and friends, united by an internet group, brought celiac disease to the public’s attention, which brought to fruition the creation of the NATIONAL PROGRAM FOR DETECTION AND CONTROL OF CELIAC DISEASE, under the Ministry of Public Health.
Mandatory Medical Program
It calls for the immediate inclusion of relevant studies pertaining to CD and associated diseases. The Mandatory Health Program is to ensure a timely diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of all Celiac individuals, and are finding nearly 400,000 celiacs who currently still do not know they are sufferers.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
We know that Celiacs face their condition at least four times a day: every time they go to eat. Therefore it is essential that in order to follow the GFD-gluten-free diet – their environment in particular and the society must know the details of it, because eating is not individual, but social. This is the first reason to include Celiac disease in all curricula in different educational levels. It is necessary that students and teachers be aware of the GFD, and that they also know the symptoms thereof, so as to assist in identifying those who are not yet diagnosed.
Similarly, they are requesting awareness campaigns for the public and for specific areas such as gastronomy, restaurants and shops that sell food and other products for human consumption.
On Wednesday, 7 October from 6pm to 7pm in front of the National Congress, Vigils for CELIAC LAW will begin.