The New Gluten-Free Standard

A dietitian’s take on the new gluten-free standard

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The FDA’s gluten-free labeling ruling goes into effect on August 5, 2014. That means that on or before August 5, any food product regulated by FDA and making a “gluten-free” claim on its package will have to adhere to FDA’s standardized definition for gluten-free.   Last week we dug into nuances of the ruling, courtesy of Gluten Intolerance Group. This week, Delicious Living advisory board member Rachel Begun, RD, discusses a few more details about the ruling and what it means for you, food products, and restaurants. Rachel Begun, RD:  A lot of people don’t realize that prior to the ruling, the term “gluten free” on food packages was an arbitrary term. So what it meant for one food manufacturer was vastly different than for another. Some GF manufacturers who were very loyal to the community were taking the utmost precautions to prevent gluten contamination, and they were already meeting that less than 20ppm [level] or going even lower if they were using third-party certification. All of the third-party certification organizations test to at least 10pm and there is one that even tests to 5pm.

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