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What the FDA has to say about gluten-free labeling of distilled foods and ingredients

This post is part of a series covering the FDA’s Final Rule on Gluten-Free Labeling of Fermented or Hydrolyzed Foods

The rule is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/08/13/2020-17088/food-labeling-gluten-free-labeling-of-fermented-or-hydrolyzed-foods

IMPORTANT: Please keep in mind the following points when reading this post and others on FDA and distilled spirits:

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) regulates distilled spirits.Under the TTB’s interim rule on gluten-free labeling, alcoholic beverages distilled from wheat, barley, or rye can be labeled “processed to remove gluten” as long […]

Updated statement from FDA on soy sauce

For years Gluten Free Watchdog (GFWD) has been asking FDA to clarify for manufacturers that soy sauce made from wheat can NOT be included in foods carry a gluten-free claim. We were advised that the agency would not be providing additional guidance until the publication of the final rule on gluten-free labeling of fermented and hydrolyzed foods and ingredients. FDA was true to its word and on August 13, the same day the rule was published in the Federal […]

Certificate of Training for Gluten Related Disorders from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: If you are a dietitian interested in this COT and you are not yet a member of the Society for the Study of Celiac Disease, this offer is for you!

Individuals who participate in this program are eligible for a discounted first year of membership to the Society for the Study of Celiac Disease (SSCD). The SSCD (www.theceliacsociety.org) is the professional organization of physicians, nurses, dietitians and allied health professionals who specialize in the treatment of celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders. Individuals are eligible to receive a $5 discount per COT module completed (up to $25 discount total). This offer applies to new SSCD members who have completed the training […]

Updated statement from FDA on malt, malt extract, malt syrup, & similar malt-derived ingredients

For years Gluten Free Watchdog (GFWD) has been asking FDA to clarify for manufacturers that malt and malt extract from barley can NOT be included in foods carry a gluten-free claim. We were advised that the agency would not be providing additional guidance until the publication of the final rule on gluten-free labeling of fermented and hydrolyzed foods and ingredients. FDA was true to its word and on August 13, the same day the rule was published in the […]

FDA Publishes Final Rule on Gluten-Free Labeling of Fermented or Hydrolyzed Foods: The Basics

This is the first of several posts. The document published in the Federal Register is long and detailed. The FDA has included a lot of clarifying information related to the rules on gluten-free labeling of fermented or hydrolyzed foods and the 2013 gluten-free labeling. Notes have been added to indicate the topics that will be covered in future posts. If you have questions, please leave a comment. Your questions will help inform future posts.

The source for all information is […]

Child led gluten-free product reviews

Children with celiac disease occupy a very special place in my heart. I love to hear about the positive ways they are approaching the gluten-free diet. Luke’s mom Julie (a subscriber to Gluten Free Watchdog) recently reached out to me about a YouTube channel she started called No Glu Tube. In the videos Luke and Julie taste and review gluten-free products. According to Luke, “Making videos means a lot to me, so people know what to buy and know […]

Plea to FDA: Turn your attention to the manufacturers who blatantly use fermented and hydrolyzed wheat or barley ingredients in labeled gluten-free foods

Text of email sent to FDA July 13, 2020:

Dear Dr. Mayne,

Gluten Free Watchdog has reported twelve products to CAERS for gluten-free facial misbranding in 2020. Six of these products have been recalled and posted on either FDA’s enforcement report page or recall listing. On behalf of the Gluten Free Watchdog community, thank you for the role you’ve played in these recalls. Please continue your efforts and recall the remaining six products.

Products that have not been recalled include (product photos […]

Dietitian Experiences Using a Novel Portable Personal Testing Gadget For Gluten

This article was published in Medical Nutrition Matters (Winter 2019 Volume 38 No. 3), a publication of Dietitians in Medical Nutrition Therapy–a practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

https://www.glutenfreewatchdog.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/NIMADietitian-Experiences-Using-a-Novel-Portable-Personal-Testing-Gadget-For-Gluten

FOR FOOD MANUFACTURERS: SOME HELPFUL INFORMATION ABOUT INGREDIENTS CONTAINING GLUTEN

During this period of food shortages and supply disruptions as a result of COVID-19, FDA is allowing manufacturers to make certain ingredient substitutions without changing the ingredients list. FDA stated in a letter to Gluten Free Watchdog that their COVID-19 food labeling flexibilities:

“… are not to be used when they may pose a health or safety issue. This would include the introduction of an ingredient containing gluten. Substitutions, in any amount, are not appropriate without a corresponding label […]

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