What Regulates Gluten-Free Labeling?

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During the past decade gluten-free has become a $2.6 billion dollar industry. The problem is that many of the products that are labeled gluten-free vary greatly with the amount of gluten actually present. The 2004 Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act mandated that the agency designate a federal standard for the term by 2008. The deadline has come and gone, and no standard has been set by the FDA. Many consumers have taken the path to go gluten-free not only because of dietary restrictions but also because of the many benefits associated with a gluten-free diet. However, although there has been a movement towards gluten-free diets, our legislation both in Illinois and federally, has not taken a substantive stance as to what qualifies something as gluten-free.

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