An excerpt from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness Press Release:
AMBLER, Pa. (August 2, 2013) – The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), a national non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diagnoses and improving quality of life for those with gluten-related disorders, is responding promptly to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) final rule on gluten-free labeling by announcing new resources for gluten-free consumers to understand the federal regulations.
“For years, gluten-free labels have gone unregulated, putting our gluten-free community in danger,” said Alice Bast, President of NFCA. “We applaud the FDA for finally publishing a standard definition of gluten-free.”
The new regulations state that a food must contain less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten in order to bear a “gluten-free” label. Researchers support less than 20 ppm as a safe threshold for a product to be consumed by individuals with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders.
“Evidence-based research conclusively supports the 20 ppm level as a safety threshold for gluten-free products,” said Dr. Alessio Fasano, Director of the Center for Celiac Research at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston. “We welcome the new FDA regulations, which will bring us in line with gluten-free labeling regulations for millions of people around the world.”
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Thanks to Kayla Lewis for forwarding the press release.