Gluten-Free Labeling

Allergen Advisory Statements: One Page Printable Flyer

Please feel free to download and share this one-page flyer about our study on allergen advisory statements recently published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Thanks to our co-author Trisha Lyons for developing this handout. 2016-fnce-aas-flyer

To view a summary of the study please click HERE.

To view a read only full text of the article please click HERE.


Allergen Advisory Statements for Wheat: NOT a Useful Predictor of Gluten Content

For Immediate Release (A pdf of this release is available at ejcnaaspressreleasesept15)

The full text of this article is available at

September 14, 2016

Allergen advisory statements for wheat on products not labeled gluten-free but appearing to be free of gluten-containing ingredients were NOT a useful predictor of gluten content.

Citation: Tricia Thompson, Trisha B. Lyons and Amy Jones. Allergen advisory statements for wheat: do they help US consumers with celiac disease make safe food choices? European Journal of Clinical Nutrition advance online […]

May Contain Statements for Wheat: Part Two

LiveGFree Cheescake Sampler made by the Atlanta Cheesecake Company and sold by Aldi caused a bit of a ruckus last week. This cheesecake sampler is labeled gluten-free and certified gluten-free by GFCO. It includes the may contain statement, “May contain traces of… wheat.” While this product is not improperly labeled, Aldi decided to remove the cheesecake from store shelves due to the confusion caused by this choice of words. Please watch the video to learn why this product is […]

Gluten Free Watchdog Comments on Citizen Petition on Gluten Labeling of Medications

As many of you know H.R. 3648: Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act of 2015 was introduced last fall. The full title of this bill is, “To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require the label of drugs intended for human use to contain a parenthetical statement identifying the source of any ingredient constituting or derived from a grain or starch-containing ingredient.” An earlier version of this bill was introduced in 2013. According to this bill […]

Comments from Gluten Free Watchdog to FDA on the Proposed Rule to Establish Requirements for the Gluten-Free Labeling of Fermented or Hydrolyzed Foods

Comments submitted by Tricia Thompson, MS, RD

Founder, Gluten Free Watchdog, LLC

In response to Docket Number FDA-2014-N-1021



This letter is also attached as a pdf document (attachment 1)

Dear FDA,

Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the gluten-free community to establish requirements for the gluten-free labeling of fermented or hydrolyzed foods. As you make decisions regarding the final rule, please consider the testing and ingredient information included in this response. Note that testing commissioned by Gluten Free Watchdog is […]

Cottage Food Industry Laws & Allergen Labeling by State

Gluten Free Watchdog subscriber extraordinaire Becky has put together a state-by-state listing of cottage food industry laws and requirements regarding allergen labeling. Compiling this information was a ton of work. Thank you, Becky!!! Gluten Free Watchdog has awesome subscribers! Please feel free to share this document by linking to this news page. Please do not link directly to the pdf. Thank you.

Open letter to store managers regarding gluten-free products made by their retail establishment

Gluten Free Watchdog has received emails from concerned consumers about baked goods made in-house by grocery stores and food co-ops. We can not test all products available only in local markets. As a first step, please speak directly with the store manager about your concerns. If it is helpful to you, please feel free to print this letter from Gluten Free Watchdog and distribute it to stores making gluten-free products. If you feel your concerns are not being taken […]

Information from FDA Regarding Gluten-Free Labeling of Hydrolyzed and Fermented Foods

The latest from the FDA on where the Agency stands in regard to the proposed rule on the gluten-free labeling of hydrolyzed and fermented food…

On August 1, I sent the following email to FDA:

“Is there any information that can be released publicly regarding whether a proposed rule or guidance document is going to be released soon to help manufacturers determine whether they can label as gluten-free a hydrolyzed or fermented food or a food containing hydrolyzed/fermented ingredients? As you know, […]

Foods Labeled Gluten-Free Must Now be in Compliance with the FDA Gluten-Free Labeling Rule

August 5th–The compliance date for the gluten-free labeling rule has finally arrived. Here is some basic (and not so basic) information about the rule.

Section One: Summary of the Rule

1. This rule applies to the labeling of foods as packaged (including dietary supplements) regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and intended for human use.

Note: This rule does not cover pet foods, cosmetics, prescription and non prescription drugs, food regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture, and beverages regulated […]

Action Alert: Notifying the FDA about Misbranded Gluten-Free Products

Last week the following question was posted on Gluten Free Watchdog’s Facebook page, “How will mislabeled foods be policed?” My answer to this question was, “By you, and me, and the entire Gluten Free Watchdog community (aka Gluten Free Watchdog Posse).”

A former consumer safety officer with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicated during an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Webinar that it would take a pattern of complaints (ie more than one) before the FDA would investigate a […]