In Argentina there are several pending subjects, but one of them is that the Celiac Disease Law is fully complied with. One of the objectives is to provide facilities to people who suffer from this disease.
According to the ANMAT, its treatment consists of only one strict gluten-free diet. The law dictates the obligation to offer celiac menus to: restaurants, bars, schools, children’s, secondary and university canteens, airports, hospitals, prisons and long-distance buses. However, it is evident that this passage of the norm is not fully complied with, given that the offer is very limited and in many cases, unhealthy.
But that’s not all, if not gluten-free foods are sold at higher prices. For example, in dietetics or in special places for celiacs, the price list indicates:
- 1kg of pre-mixed flour: $360
- 1 package of noodles: $260
- 1 package of cookies: $240
- 200g of pre-mix for Milanese: $220
According to data from the Ministry of Health of the Nation, one in 100 people suffers from celiac disease. That is, it affects about 450 thousand people nationwide. But an alarming fact is the lack of studies and treatment, given that a study indicates that 8 out of 10 celiacs are unaware of their condition.
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