FDA sets ‘gluten-free’ labeling standards

For someone who has had Celiac for all of their life (me) this is wonderful. I really wish that more things where clearly labeled, especially medicine. I have had medicine where they sworn in places that it didn’t contain milk (another thing that I can’t have) but it did. So then, for weeks/months, I had ear pains along with my chronic headaches! It was miserable!


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration set a final standard on Friday to clearly define what the term “gluten-free” means on food labels.

The new regulation is targeted to help the estimated 3 million Americans who have celiac disease, a chronic inflammatory auto-immune disorder that can affect the lining of the small intestine when gluten is consumed. Gluten is a protein composite found in wheat, rye, barley and crossbreeds of these grassy grains.

“Adherence to a gluten-free diet is the key to treating celiac disease, which can be very disruptive to everyday life,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, in the release. “The FDA’s new ‘gluten-free’ definition will help people with this condition make food choices with confidence and allow them to better manage their health.”

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