Friday, February 09, 2007

Gluten-Free Labeling, Proposed Rules, Open Comment Period

On January 23, 2007 the FDA opened a comment period on proposed rules for labeling products 'gluten-free'. The agency accepting comments and feedback from consumers on several issues relating to a gluten-free diet and how individuals make choices about gluten-free products.

If you would like to comment, the page is HERE.

The proposed rule summary was published as follows:
2005N-0279 - Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods
FR Type: Proposed Rules
Action: Other
RIN Number: 0910-ZA26

SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to define the term "gluten-free" for voluntary use in the labeling of foods, to mean that the food does not contain any of the following: (1) an ingredient that is any species of the grains wheat, rye, barley, or a crossbred hybrid of these grains (all noted grains are collectively referred to as "prohibited grains"); (2) an ingredient that is derived from an prohibited grain and that has been processed to remove gluten (e.g., wheat flour); (3) an ingredient that is derived from a prohibited grain and that has been processed to remove gluten (e.g., wheat wheat starch), if the use of that ingredients result in the presence of 20 parts per million (ppm) or more gluten in the food; or (4) 20 ppm or more gluten. A food that bears the claim "gluten free" or similar claim in its labeling and fails to meet the conditions specified in the proposed definition of "gluten free" would be deemed misbranded. FDA also is proposing to deem misbrand


  1. This is all great news to us Celiacs in my opinion. Consistency in labeling is most welcome.

  2. Anonymous3:02 PM

    Give us this day our gluten free bread! At last. What we need now is MANDATORY labelling. Gluten is overused as a filler for poor food and hidden away in too many foods. Danger lurks everywhere for the trusting coeliac. I challenge any non-coeliac to try living gluten free for a month just to see how hard it is.