At long last!
The petition is still open for signatures if you haven't signed it yet. The new rules are not approved yet, but have moved from the FDA to the next stage.
An announcement of the rule being sent forward for review:
By Megan R. Wilson -
02/26/13 11:46 AM ET
New rules dictating what foods can be labeled “gluten free”
have arrived at the White House for final review, according to federal
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been
working on the labeling requirements for gluten-free foods since 2005.
The regulation has been named “economically significant,” meaning it has
a cost of $100 million or more on the economy.
On Monday, the rule headed to the White House’s Office of
Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), which it will need to pass
through before being enacted.
“Establishing a definition of the term 'gluten-free' and uniform
conditions for its use in the labeling of foods is necessary to ensure
that individuals with celiac disease are not misled and are provided
with truthful and accurate information with respect to foods so
labeled,” FDA said in a 2011 re-opening of the proposal.
In the rule, the FDA defines a product as “gluten free” if it does not
contain the following: wheat, rye, barley, or any hybrid of these
grains; ingredients such as wheat flour that have not been processed to
remove gluten; or any item made up of more than 20 parts per million of