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Sampling Finds High Level of Gluten-Free Compliance
USAgNet - 05/31/2017

More than 99.5 percent of sampled food products labeled 'gluten-free' are in compliance with FDA's requirement that such foods have less than 20 parts per million of gluten. This is the finding of an FDA sampling assignment in which 702 samples from more than 250 products labeled gluten free were collected and analyzed.

Only one of those products was found to not comply with one of the major FDA requirements that went into effect in August 2014 for manufacturers using the term 'gluten-free' on their labeling. This product was recalled and subsequent sampling by the FDA did not find levels of gluten that violated the regulation.

FDA set standards for gluten-free labeling to give consumers with celiac disease confidence about what the term gluten-free means on foods that carry this label. May is Celiac Awareness Month. People with this disease are at risk of very serious health problems if they eat gluten, found in breads, cakes, cereals, pasta and many other foods containing wheat and related grains. The sampling was undertaken from July 2015 to August 2016 to gauge the level of compliance with one of the major requirements of the gluten-free labeling rule.

In 2013, the FDA issued a final rule defining gluten-free for food labeling to help consumers, especially those living with celiac disease, be confident that items meet a defined standard for gluten content.

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