(news) FDA Defines "Gluten-Free" Standards For Food Products
August 2, 2013
Did you know that the term "gluten-free" on food labels wasn't regulated? Yup. There were no standards on what products could carry the label. That meant that any amount of gluten could be present in a food and still boast a gluten-free label. That all changed today. After years (YEARS) of debate, today the FDA finalized standards for the gluten-free label.
That all changed today. After years (YEARS) of debate, today the FDA finalized standards for the gluten-free label.
From the FDA press release:
"This new federal definition standardizes the meaning of “gluten-free” claims across the food industry. It requires that, in order to use the term "gluten-free" on its label, a food must meet all of the requirements of the definition, including that the food must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. The rule also requires foods with the claims “no gluten,” “free of gluten,” and “without gluten” to meet the definition for “gluten-free." (source.)
The FDA put together a great question and answer page about the new ruling. Read it here.
I'm thrilled! It always bothered me that a company could slap a "gluten-free" label on any product. While many companies offer safe products, there wasn't a standard and I've experienced "glutening" after eating what should have been a safe product. The new ruling, hopefully, will make us all safer. And, I think, will continue to spread awareness about celiac disease.
I do wonder if the gluten-free market will contract or expand. Will some unsafe products go away? I hope so! I want all gluten-free products to be safe for us to consume.
What do you think? Are you excited?