FDA enforcing ‘gluten-free’ labels

New standard limits amount of gluten aloud in gluten-free products

People who can’t eat gluten will have an easier time grocery shopping.

About one in 100 Americans have celiac disease which is an intolerance to gluten. Gluten is a protein commonly found in wheat, rye, and barley.

Now the FDA requires anything labeled “Gluten-free” or similar to have gluten show up in 20 parts per million or less.

“That is the lowest level that we can measure adequately. It seems to be adequate to prevent a person with celiac disease from getting a significant exposure,” said Mayo Clinic Health System’s Gastroenterologist Dr. Michael Van Norstrand.

The label standard also applies to food found at restaurants.