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United States Senate Passes New Food Labeling Legislation

Celiac.com 03/16/2004 - The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed S. 741, which includes the Food Allergen Labeling and Protection Act.

The key labeling provisions are:

  • Require that food ingredient statements identify in everyday terminology that an ingredient is itself, or derived from, the top eight food allergens -- peanuts, tree nuts, fish, Crustacean shellfish, eggs, milk, soy, and wheat;
  • Require food ingredient statements to identify food allergens used in spices, natural or artificial flavorings, additives, and colorings;
  • Require all foods to be re-labeled by January 1, 2006;
  • Require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue a rule defining the term gluten-free and permitting use of the term on food labeling, and;
  • Require a final rule regarding the voluntary use of gluten-free on food labels be issued not later than four years after this bill becomes law.

This historic, bipartisan vote, sends a LOUD and clear message to the House of Representatives -- its time to fix food labels.

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Thank you for all your work to bring the celiac community to this point.

Scream and shout today, tomorrow we tackle the House of Representatives.

-American Celiac Task Force

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mary godsey
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29 May 2008 8:35:09 PM PDT
Thanks for the website. I was just diagnosed with celiac a week ago. I have had colagenous coliits since August of 2007 only and with constant complaints in still not feeling right. I had more tests run until it was found. I still have colagenous colitis and now the celiac disease. This is a lot to take in and understand.




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