New gluten-free labeling rules

MASON CITY, Iowa – There are new rules when it comes to labeling food as “gluten-free.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is releasing new regulations defining the term “gluten-free.”

In order for that title to be printed on a package of food, it has to pass FDA requirements.

A gluten-free diet is key to treating celiac disease. By standardizing the meaning of gluten-free; the FDA hopes it becomes easier for those folks to follow that kind of diet.

“This way at least the FDA will be regulating it, so it will cut down on confusion. It will make it easier for the consumers to actually be able to make sure their picking a good, safe gluten-free product,” says Dietitian, Megan Conlon.

Food manufacturers will have a year to bring their labels into compliance with the new requirements.

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