Labeling Quiz # 2
In honor of Celiac Disease Awareness Month 2018,
A series of bites, barks, tail wags, face licks, and pant tugs from Gluten Free Watchdog
May 26, 2018
Gluten Free Watchdog Pant Tug, Post # 26
A can of vegetable soup sold in the U.S. NOT labeled gluten-free includes the word “dextrin” in the ingredients list. The source of dextrin is not named. The label does NOT include a Contains statement.
True or False: The dextrin could contain wheat protein.
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Explanation: the FDA regulates this product. If dextrin in a packaged food product regulated by the FDA and sold in the U.S. contains protein from wheat, the word wheat will be included on the food label either in the ingredients list [e.g., “dextrin (wheat)] or Contains statement [e.g., Contains: wheat].
If the word wheat is not included in either the ingredients list or Contains statement, then the dextrin does not contain wheat protein (FDA-regulated foods only).