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FDA Implements New Guidelines For Labeling Gluten-Free Foods

OPB | Aug. 5, 2014 7:27 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 5, 2014 9:11 p.m. | Portland

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Starting August 5 of this year,  the FDA will implement new guidelines for labeling packaged foods as gluten-free.

The new FDA rules mandate that packaged foods must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. That’s the amount a person with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity can tolerate, according to studies cited by the FDA. 

So what do the new standards mean for a small business owner?

Miffy Jones owns Miffy’s Foods. It’s a small West Linn-based company that sells baking mixes. She sources gluten-free whole grains from nearby Bob’s Red Mill and she avoids any contamination with gluten.

“It’s a lot of extra work, but if you do it right, you can actually produce gluten free products in a licensed kitchen,” Jones said.

Jones also does a home gluten test on her muffin mixes.

“Mine always come in under 5 parts per million, which is great,” Jones added.

 Stores may still carry packaged foods produced before August 5 of this year. 

A detailed Q&A from the FDA can be found here.

 

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