There is HUGE news for our gluten-free community today. After a 9-year discussion, the FDA has finally define gluten-free labeling regulations. This is a tremendous step forward for those of us living with Celiac Disease who require a gluten-free diet to survive.
I have included the full text of the FDA press release below, as well as some links to major news outlets.
Washington Post: Nine years after Congress’s request, FDA defines ‘gluten-free’
New York Times: F.D.A. Sets Standard for Foods Labeled Gluten Free
USA Today: FDA issues new rules on gluten labeling
FDA for Consumers: What is Gluten-Free? FDA Has An Answer
Official Press Release
FDA defines “gluten-free” for food labeling
New rule provides standard definition to protect the health of Americans with celiac disease
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today published a new regulation defining the term "gluten-free" for voluntary food labeling. This will provide a uniform standard definition to help the up to 3 million Americans who have celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive condition that can be effectively managed only by eating a gluten free diet.
“Adherence to a gluten-free diet is the key to treating celiac disease, which can be very disruptive to everyday life,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “The FDA’s new ‘gluten-free’ definition will help people with this condition make food choices with confidence and allow them to better manage their health.”
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.”