This week, the term “gluten-free” got less hazy.
The FDA officially has standardized the meaning of the term gluten-free, mandating that, as of Aug. 5, any product bearing that description must contain less than 20 parts-per-million of gluten.
Seriously, this was a real thing? Apparently companies were claiming to be “gluten-free” without actually having an absence of gluten. Prior to this ruling, we were all living in the old west of gluten a complete gluten-free-for-all?
With the new FDA ruling in order to claim to be “gluten-free,” a product must now meet the formalized definition of having less than 20 parts per million of gluten. It is unsurprising that this is generally what other countries already require. This is America however, the land of the almighty dollar over the health of it’s citizens.
It is kinda funny to think that the government had to step in and basically say that gluten-free actually has to mean a product has no gluten, but this ruling is actually really great news for those who suffer from Celiac Disease. I’m not talking about those hipster dummies I’m talking about those who have a legitimate medical need. It is actually pretty appalling that before this ruling, they might have experienced dangerous health issues thanks to some dumb company falsely claiming their product is “gluten-free” just to make a few more dollars.
The new rules don’t apply to alcoholic beverages or food served at restaurants, but the FDA encourages wide observance of the regulation. Now that this issue is resolved can we move on to other issues like stopping people from giving dogs gluten-free dog food?