FDA sets rules for ‘gluten free’ food labels


Mary Clare Jalonick
AZ Central
August 3, 2013

A label that reads “gluten free” will now mean the same thing for all food, regardless of which kind you buy.

After more than a five-year delay, the Food and Drug Administration has set a new standard for labels that will make shopping easier for consumers on gluten-restricted diets. Until now, the term “gluten free” had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means.

Under an FDA rule announced Friday, products labeled gluten free still won’t have to be technically free of wheat, rye and barley and their derivatives. But they will have to contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten.

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