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FDA Sets Official Standard For Gluten-Free Products
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on August 03, 2013 @ 10:12PM
Created on August 03, 2013 @ 3:25PM

After more than a six year hold-up, the FDA has set a new standard for labels that will make shopping easier for people on gluten diets.

For the first time, the FDA created a standard definition for gluten-free products. Gluten is a protein found in wheat. It's in a lot of the food we eat, which can make it hard for people with Celiac disease.

Those with the disease get sick from eating gluten. With the new rules, products have to have less that 20 parts per million. That amount is usually recognized by the medical community as low enough so that most people who have Celiac disease won't get sick if they eat it.

Hayleigh Stewart, who's in favor of the regulation, said, "I think it messes up their whole digestive system, so I think it's important that a company can't just put 'gluten-free' on there, and not have it actually be gluten-free."

The government said these new labeling requirements will help make sure people have truthful, and accurate information about the gluten-free products they're buying.



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