Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Bread Vendor Charged with Fraud

I don't usually do news posts, but I've been keeping an eye on this story lately.  Yesterday Paul Seelig, owner of Great specialty Products, was arrested after a court hearing concerning his sale of bread that he claimed was gluten-free when in fact it was not.

What concerns me the most about this incident is that while people with celiac disease became extremely ill after eating this man's bread, if he had sold it to someone with a wheat allergy the customer could have actually died.  This vendor seems a pretty blas√© about his crime.


Here is a link for an AP article on this story from the Sun News:


http://www.thesunnews.com/564/story/1295320.html

A fellow blogger also did a lot of leg work on this story and has a more detailed report at Gluten Free Raleigh:

http://glutenfreeraleigh.blogspot.com/2010/02/nc-vs-great-specialty-products-update.html

3 comments:

Rebecca said...

This is something that I've been working on for over a month, along with other folks from the celiac and gluten-free community. My three year old boy was one of the injured parties named in the lawsuit filed by the state of North Carolina.

I was at the hearing along with Zach from GF Raleigh, and I was so grateful that he took thorough notes. My head was spinning by the end of the 2+ hours!

Rachel said...

Horrible. I have to say that Celiacs can die from this as well only more sinister is that they would die from complications... later down the road... untraceable to this guy.

Jenn/CinnamonQuill said...

Yikes! I hadn't heard this.