Wednesday 26 October 2011

Saturday Kitchen and That Coeliac Chef

This has been out there for a while now, but seeing as I was one of those who complained to the BBC about the incident and documented it on here, I thought I may as well bring the drama full circle.

ECU Ruling: Saturday Kitchen, BBC1, 9 April 2011
Publication date: 10 October 2011
ComplaintA guest chef with coeliac disease referred to his habit of regularly lapsing from his gluten-free diet, in terms which suggested that this was harmless, or even beneficial. A viewer complained that this created an impression which was misleading and potentially dangerous to children with gluten intolerance who might have been watching.
OutcomeThe Chairman of the Clinical Services & Standards Committee of the British Society of Gastroenterology confirmed to the ECU that significant lapses from a gluten-free diet would damage the small intestine and increase the risk of cancer. The impression given in the programme should have been avoided or corrected.
Further actionThe production team has been reminded that accuracy is important, even when guests discuss how they manage their own medical conditions on the live programme.
It wasn't funny, it was a catering professional who should have kept his personal choices to himself when it came to talking about coeliac disease. This goes to prove though, it is worth complaining about misinformation and lack of awareness, we will get noticed eventually.

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