People who avoid gluten soon will have a federal standard behind gluten-free food labels.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that can be managed only by avoiding gluten. Even a bite of bread with gluten can make someone with celiac disease sick for a couple of weeks. Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye.
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Jessica Pantermuehl, who taught a class on gluten-free eating Thursday night at a
"It does make it much more user-friendly, which I think is great, to take food and take the concept of labels out of the science realm and into the place where all consumers can understand them," said Pantermuehl, a certified holistic nutrition counselor and author.
That 20 ppm standard has been generally accepted by many food companies that use private certifications that they are gluten free. And the FDA notes that many companies already may meet the standard. Manufacturers have a year to bring their labels into compliance.
The regulation was published Friday in the Federal Register.