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Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Today is the Day: FDA Gluten-Free Labeling Rules
Today is a big day in the gluten-free and celiac community. Starting today, manufacturers of gluten-free products are required to abide by the FDA guidelines if they want to use the words "gluten-free" on their package. This is actually a HUGE win for our community and long overdue.

When I was on the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness webinar with the FDA two weeks ago, the speaker reiterated multiple times that these new rules are for the benefit of those with Celiac. Under these new rules, the manufactures using the "gluten-free label" must be compliant with 20ppm or less of gluten.

There are a lot more stipulations that are part of these new rules. Instead of writing them all out, I would like to point you to other websites that did a great job summarizing these new FDA gluten-free guidelines.

Foods Labeled Gluten-Free Must Now Be in Compliance with the FDA Gluten-Free Labeling Rule by Gluten-Free Watchdog

National Foundation for Celiac Awareness FDA Gluten-Free Labeling Rule by the NFCA

10 Things to Know About the FDA’s Gluten Free Labeling Rule by Amy Leger

All You Need to Know About the New Gluten-Free Labeling Rule by Simply Gluten-Free

Aug 5th Gluten Free FDA Labeling Just a Start by Celiac and the Beast

U.S. Gluten-Free Label Rules in Effect August 5 by Allergic Living

While I understand that not everyone agrees with all of these new FDA guidelines, I honestly cannot believe this day is here at all. As someone living with Celiac Disease for 33 years, I feel like our community has come a VERY long way in my lifetime. We are all our own advocates and the celiac community put up a good fight to get others to take our labeling needs seriously.

Congratulations to everyone that has contributed to this gluten-free labeling cause over the past 10+ years. This is just the beginning!

If you have also written about the new FDA labeling rules, please include your link in the comments below. I would prefer to keep this section as a resource page and not a place where you want to complain about the new guidelines. Thank you for your cooperation.

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