The N.C. Attorney General’s Office says a Durham specialty food company was
marketing bread as gluten-free that independent lab tests show contained the
protein. Now, the state’s lawyers want a judge to shut the company down.
Late Wednesday, the state filed a lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order
against the company’s owner, Paul Seelig. A Superior Court judge will hear the
request today at the Wake County courthouse.
The lawsuit says the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services began
investigating Seelig after complaints about Great Specialty Products breads that
were sold at the N.C. State Fair. The lawsuit details complaints from three
consumers who got sick after eating the bread or whose children got sick. Gluten
is a protein found in wheat flour that can cause symptoms ranging from rashes to
diarrhea for people who have celiac disease.
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