The Food and Drug Administration Modernizes Labeling Laws
In 1994 I was diagnosed with celiac disease, which led me to create Celiac.com in 1995. I created this site for a single purpose: To help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives. Celiac.com was the first site on the Internet dedicated solely to celiac disease, and since then it has become an invaluable resource to people worldwide who seek information about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet.
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(Celiac.com 03/17/2000) Under the new FDA rules (effective in 2000), consumers will get more information about the sources of protein hydrolysates in their food. Hydrolyzed proteins are added to foods to serve various functions, including thickeners, flavorings and flavor enhancers, and they pose a major problem for people on special diets. From now on food makers will have to declare the source of added hydrolyzed proteins. The new laws state that the source of all protein hydrolysates--regardless of use--will now have to be identified. Further, caseinate will have to be identified as a milk derivative in the ingredient statement when its used in foods that claim to be non-dairy. According to the FDA these new requirements will help people who have special diet restrictions.
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