On the occasion of the International Celiac Disease Day, Slovenian patients with celiac disease drew attention to their daily problems and expressed their wishes. The only treatment of coeliac disease is a strict and lifelong gluten-free diet. Cross-contamination can occur during any stage of food processing, from the initial harvest to final food preparation and it is difficult to avoid it. Unintentional cross-contamination can be an important problem for patients and might lead to tissue damage, especially on the long-term. In order to ensure a safe, strict gluten-free diet it is important to improve the knowledge of caterers - restaurants, kindergartens, schools, elderly homes and hospitals. Lack of safe gluten-free offer leads to social isolation of celiac disease patients.
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