Paul Seelig, owner of the Great Specialty Bread Co., was sentenced to 9 to 11 years in prison for 23 counts of fraud, from selling gluteny baked goods as gluten free products.
I guess I’m not surprised that this happened, and I think it could easily happen again. This situation does make me glad that I rarely eat anything that wasn’t made by my own little hands. Now that gluten free has become such a dietary fad, it’s entirely possible some more unscrupulous people will try to do something like this.
At the same time, however, this guy seems to be, well, somewhat of a crackpot. I found a blog post written by someone who attended every day of the trial, and it seems that if Mr. Seelig hadn’t stumbled on the idea of cashing in the gluten free craze, he would have found another way to scam people. I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’…
So anyhow, I will still trust the companies that I have been dealing with for years. And as for new companies that come along, well, as always, caveat emptor. Remember that you alone are responsible for your health and well being.