Gluten free menus in dining halls and cafeterias: In Andalusia there is developing law that would require the Andalusian Government to state that public dining halls and cafeterias include menus suitable for Celiacs, among other claims. In this way, the group will defend the people at the next Health Commission of the Autonomous House, a proposal that will work within a special plan to support Celiacs.
This support for Celiacs would become cemented by making it “obligatory ” that cafeterias and dining rooms in public bodies, schools, universities, hospitals, gas stations and airports have gluten fre menus suitable for Celiacs. It also proposes a recommendation to include all those menus in catering establishments.
Moreover, the proposal includes the development of information campaigns for the general population about Celiac disease and a greater involvement in the diagnosis and monitoring of Celiac patients in primary and specialized care.
This plan also provides for the development of a protocol for early disease detection, a population census of the affected Andalusians and it takes into accoun resolving problems related to food security by ensuring “uniform labeling of the products that lack this protein.”
Among the included proposal points is the idea of publishing a list of permitted foods on a regular basis for people with Celiac disease, in addition to gluten-free products include the health benefits of Andalusia. The idea is, without doubt, protect the health of celiac patients and the rest of Andalusia.
Celiacs in Spain
The popular parliamentary group reminds us that celiac disease is a permanent intolerance to gluten in wheat, barley, rye and oats, and is likely to be present in genetically predisposed individuals. It is characterized by an immune-based inflammatory reaction in the mucosa of the small intestine which hinders macro and micronutrient absorption.
According to the Spanish Celiac Federation (FACE), about 400,000 Canadians suffer from this disease. Of these, only 10 percent are diagnosed or more than 360,000 are unaware that they suffer from this chronic disease. More than 4,000 people are diagnosed annually in Spain.
Therefore, the PP has argued in this initiative that gluten intolerance is a health issue that affects an important sector of the population but it is also an issue that impacts domestic economy.
In fact, for a Celiac pay for a diet based on purchase gluten free products, one could assume that they spend around 1,434 Euros a year more than you would spend buying products in a normal diet.
Besides being a disease that involves a special diet, gluten free menus, Celiac social life is restricted to a few local restaurants that offer menus suitable for Celiacs, and it is not uncommon for these patients to leave home with their meals.
Source: europapress / que.es