The FDA has spoken!

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If you’ve checked your Twitter feed today, you may have noticed one trending topic: the FDA has issued a ruling defining the term “gluten-free” for voluntary food labeling.

Here at Emport, LLC, we’re very excited about the new ruling. We know you might not have time to read all 95 pages of it, so here are a few highlights from the full document:

  • items must contain less than 20ppm gluten
  • the compliance date of the rule is next year, on August 5, 2014
  • manufacturers may use oats, provided the final product remains below 20ppm
  • manufacturers may not use ingredients derived from gluten-containing grains, if those ingredients have not been processed to remove gluten
  • manufacturers may use ingredients derived from gluten-containing grains, if those ingredients have been processed to remove gluten and the food contains less than 20ppm
  • additional guidelines will be published to assist manufacturers in compliance regarding ingredients that have been hydrolyzed or fermented
  • “FDA guidance suggets that any use of an FDA-defined food labeling claim … on restaurant menus should be consistent with the respective regulatory definitions” (page 71)
  • manufacturers may determine their own safety protocol to ensure that products are in compliance with the ruling

GlutenTox Pro and GlutenTox Sticks can help you monitor your facility’s gluten-free protocol.

If you are a restaurant with a gluten-free menu or a manufacturer of gluten-free items and you would like to discuss how GlutenTox can fit into your safety protocol, please feel free to contact us via phone or email.

If you’d like to read the FDA’s full ruling, visit the Federal Register.
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