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FDA “Gluten-Free” Definition Takes Effect Today

Today marks the official compliance date of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final rule defining the term “gluten-free”. Until a year ago when the rule was issued, there was no definition or standard for using the term. Now, products bearing labels containing the term “gluten-free” or similar phrases must adhere to specific FDA requirements, which Registrar Corp laid out in a previous blog. No label is required to bear the statement, but facilities that do choose to make the claim must ensure their “gluten-free” labeled product meets these new FDA guidelines. The guidelines apply to all FDA-regulated food, including food served in restaurants. Check to see if your products meet with FDA gluten free labeling regulations.

As with other FDA labeling requirements, failure to comply with the new rule can lead to products being deemed misbranded. Products marked as misbranded are subject to recalls, import refusals, and other penalties. Registrar Corp is an FDA consulting firm that helps companies comply with U.S. FDA regulations. Registrar Corp’s Label & Ingredient Review service can modify food product labels to comply with the “gluten-free” specifications and other FDA labeling requirements.  If you have questions about the new rule or any other FDA regulations, contact Registrar Corp at 1-757-224-0177 or receive online Live Help from our regulatory specialists: http://www.registrarcorp.com/livehelp.