The Food and Drug Administration took action issuing a “Small Entity Compliance Guide” for companies that want to label their products gluten free. In just about 6 short weeks, the gluten free labeling rule will go into effect in the US.
While most companies who currently use gluten free labels are likely pretty clear in how the rule will affect them by now, this compliance guide is an easy reference on the subject.
The guide covers the key requirements of the regulation, including food products subject to the rule; the definitions of the terms “gluten” and “gluten-free”; and when FDA considers a food labeled “gluten-free” to be misbranded Key points to remember with the FDA’s gluten-free labeling rule:
- This is not required labeling. If a company wants to label a product gluten free, then it must follow the FDA’s guidelines
- If a product is labeled gluten free it must have less than 20 parts per million of gluten
- Rule becomes official on August 5, 2014