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Gluten-Free Food Ingredient Labeling Regulations

This category deals with all issues surrounding gluten-free food and ingredient labeling regulations, including United States Food and Drug Administration proposed and actual regulations.

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    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today reopened the comment period for its 2007 proposal on labeling foods as “gluten-free.” The agency is also making available a safety assessment of exposure to gluten for people with celiac disease (CD) and invites comment on these additional data.

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    The Canadian brewing industry caught a break when their products were exempted from new allergy labeling rules that would have required warning labels to declare beer to contain wheat or barley.

    New gluten label rules meet strong opposition by Canadian Beer Industry. Photo: CC-jaygoldman
    Proposed health regulations that would require beer labels to include a warning that beer is made with barley or wheat have the Canadian beer industry in a froth.

    NIAID released its first ever list of guidelines for food allergies. Photo: CC-stephendepolo
    The National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) released its first ever list of guidelines for food allergies. Developed over two years by a panel of nineteen experts, the guidelines suggest avoiding the ingestion of specific allergens as the best strategy for managing allergies, but make no recommendations for medication.

    Health Canada needs public input (photo courtesy of TKOwned)
    Finding gluten-free food is hard enough without having to worry if your "gluten-free" labeled food is really gluten-free. For those of us that become increasingly ill from ingesting a small amount of gluten, improper  food labeling can  be a matter of life or death.

    The European Union’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued new rules for foods carrying the ‘gluten-free’ label. Under the new rules, foods labeled ‘gluten-free’ must have less than 20 parts of gluten per million. This new standard represents a ten-fold reduction over the prior rules, which set the gluten limit at 200 parts per million.

    In a constitutionally protected act, I have submitted a Citizen’s Petition to the FDA requesting that they take gluten off the list of permitted excipients. As I write, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness has asked the FDA only to label medicines that have been made with gluten, but to allow gluten to continue to be used at the decision of the manufacturer. 

    People with celiac disease and others who rely upon gluten-free foods to maintain good health got some good news recently, when the Codex Alimentarius Commission the international body responsible for establishing food safety standards, adopted a single, clear standard for foods labeled as gluten-free.

    Folks who follow a gluten-free diet can take comfort that the Codex Alimantarius, the international body responsible for setting food safety standards, has moved a step closer to adopting the gluten-free standards they drafted in November 2007, and their new standards are, for the most part, in-line with the proposed FDA regulations. 03/07/2007 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently proposed the following rul 01/25/2007 - Under an FDA proposal published yesterday, food companies will have to mee 08/31/2006 - On July 27, 2006, Representative Nita Lowey (D - NY) introduced H.Con.Res 01/31/2006 – On Tuesday, January 10, 2006, federal authorities raided French Mead 12/27/2005 - Enjoy Life Natural Foods will begin displaying the GFCO certification mar 09/01/2005 - The Gluten Intolerance Group® is pleased to announce our gluten-free 09/01/2005 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a public meeting to obta 07/21/2004 - Tonight the U.S. House of Representatives, under the leadership of Rep. Ni 05/25/2004 - On April 27, 2004, for the first time, individuals with Celiac Disease te

    03/30/2004 - In an election year, Congress has fewer days is session, and focuses on issues which 03/16/2004 - The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed S. 741, which includes the Food Al

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