'Gluten-Free' Labeling Rules Head to White House

By Megan R. Wilson – The Hill

New rules dictating what foods can be labeled “gluten free” have arrived at the White House for final review, according to federal records.

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 benefit 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 gluten.

Celiac disease is a genetic disorder, also known as gluten intolerance, affecting at least 1 in 133 Americans, according to Celiac.com.

There are currently 143 rules and proposals sitting at OIRA, 84 of which have been sitting for more than the 90-day review limit imposed on the White House.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/healthcare/284929-gluten-free-labeling-rules-head-to-white-house#ixzz2MKJcMUix

One thought on “'Gluten-Free' Labeling Rules Head to White House

  1. Color me pessimistic. After being sick for two weeks from eating Utz "Gluten Free" baked tortilla chips, I–and most other celiacs–know that unless a strict testing protocol accompanies a "gluten free" label…we are still at risk due to cross-contamination, and have gained NOTHING.

    Anything greater than FIVE ppm isn't gluten free, for me. 20 ppm makes me, and many others–sick. I'm guessing that this will be the best we can expect, if in fact the Feds don't delay AGAIN–for "further study."

    Sorry to sound so negative…but considering that Monsanto and several of the largest food producing corporations spent millions of dollars to defeat a proposal in California that would've required GMO labeling, you can imagine what kind of lobbying has gone on behind the scenes to influence a federal gluten-free labeling standard.

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