New FDA Rule Defines ‘Gluten-Free’ on Product Labeling

by Rachel Baker on September 11, 2013

In this month’s edition of Gastoenterology & Endoscopy News, there is an article about the new FDA rule defining what Gluten-Free on Product Labels means. Food manufacturers have a year to ensure product labels meet the new gluten-free standard.

Foods that carry the term “gluten-free” on labels must now meet all of the requirements of the FDA’s new definition, including a gluten content of less than 20 ppm. The rule also requires foods with the claims “no gluten,” “free of gluten” and “without gluten” to meet that new threshold.

However, the agency stressed that the new rule is not a mandate.

“Gluten-free is a voluntary claim that manufacturers may elect to use on the labeling of their foods, provided that those foods meet all final rule requirements for a gluten-free food,” the FDA stated on its website.

http://www.gastroendonews.com/ViewArticle.aspx?d=In%2Bthe%2BNews&d_id=187&i=September+2013&i_id=993&a_id=24035

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