Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) May Virtual Learning Event Welcomes Mayo Clinic Gastroenterologist Dr. Joe Murray to Share Knowledge on Safe Gluten-free Living

AUBURN, Wash. (April 26, 2022)—The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), one of the largest nonprofit gluten-free advocacy organizations, announces its May Virtual Learning Event will be held on May 3 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. The event will bring together experts who have a deep understanding of the complexities related to inadvertent ingestion of gluten, something which can occur even when individuals are trying to avoid it. The one-hour session, “Staying Safely Gluten-free: At Home and Beyond,” kicks off May’s Celiac Awareness Month. Moderated by GIG’s education specialist, Lola O’Rourke, MS, RDN, the panel will feature Dr. Joe Murray, a gastroenterologist from the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Murray is a professor of medicine and a consultant with a joint appointment in immunology, and gastroenterology and hepatology. Dr. Murray has published more than 400 original articles primarily on celiac disease, malabsorption, esophageal disease and esophageal physiology, and has been a senior author on guidelines related to celiac disease. He will address the health and clinical aspects of inadvertent exposure to gluten, including how to know if it happened and what to do about it.

Joining Dr. Murray are panelists from GIG, Dr. Laura Allred, Ph.D., Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) regulatory manager, and Ronni Alicea, a registered dietitian and GFCO’s manager of quality control. Topics covered will include what cross-contact means for someone living gluten-free, ways to avoid cross-contact at home or when dining out and how gluten exposure could happen, even when people are careful.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Murray from Mayo Clinic to our webinar series, along with our expert panelists. Dr. Murray will offer helpful information on best practices for navigating the challenges faced by those living gluten-free,” said Jeanne Reid, marketing manager, GIG. “With May being Celiac Awareness Month, this is the opportune time for us to connect with the gluten-free community and experts in the field who have in-depth knowledge on the subject, as well as provide informative answers to the questions those who attend the webinar may have.”

Registration is free. For more information or to register for the event, click here.

About the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG)

The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association funded by private donations, sponsorship opportunities and food safety programs. It relies on tax-deductible contributions to support its many innovative industry, service, social and awareness programs. GIG has been a highly respected leader in the gluten-free community since it was founded in 1974. In addition to more than 80 local support groups across the United States, GIG has increased its presence internationally to 50 countries. GIG’s mission is to make life easier for everyone living gluten-free and it does this through consumer support, education and its food safety programs. The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), a program of GIG, is a leader in the verification of quality, integrity and purity of gluten-free products. The Gluten-Free Food Service (GFFS) program is a proven model of established best practices for foodservice facilities offering gluten-free options. GIG is committed to ongoing food safety research to assure customers and consumers the highest level of excellence in its gluten-free programs and services. For information, visit

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