Mary Clare Jalonick
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.