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.

Gluten Contamination in Labeled Gluten-Free Foods

Gluten Contamination in Labeled Gluten-Free Foods

The good news: Three studies on gluten contamination in labeled gluten-free foods have been published in the past few weeks.

The bad news: The findings are wildly different.


Study One:

Girdhari M. Sharma, Marion Pereira, Kristina M. Williams. Gluten detection in foods available in the United States – A market Survey. Food Chemistry 169 (2015) 120–126. (Published online ahead of print)

Note: Study authors are from the Food and Drug Administration.

Number of labeled gluten-free foods tested: 275; Food […]

Five Percent of Tested Foods Making Gluten-Free Claims are not Gluten-Free Study Finds

For Immediate Release

Five Percent of Tested Foods Making Gluten-Free Claims are not Gluten-Free Study Finds

Three years of testing data from Gluten Free Watchdog Published

Thompson T, Simpson, S. A comparison of gluten levels in labeled gluten-free and certified gluten-free foods sold in the United States. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition advance online publication, 1 October 2014; doi:10.1038/ejcn.2014.211


October 1, 2014 Under the Food and Drug Administration’s gluten-free labeling rule, food labeled gluten-free must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. In […]

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 […]

Update on the gluten-free status of yeast extract

Update July 29, 2014 : Based on testing done by Gluten Free Watchdog, I would like to reiterate that it is my recommendation that individuals with gluten-related disorders avoid products NOT labeled gluten-free containing the ingredients yeast extract or autolyzed yeast extract unless the source is confirmed. Please note that if you live in Canada, ALL gluten sources must be declared in the ingredients list. In addition Coeliac UK recently modified their position on yeast extract specifically as it […]

Special Report: The Use of Oats in Gluten-Free Foods

Special Report: The Use of Oats in Gluten-Free Foods
Beth Armour, RD, Shelley Case, RD and Tricia Thompson, MS, RD
For Gluten Free Watchdog
UPDATE from Tricia July 10, 2014: Last week Amy Leger (The Savvy Celiac) contacted me for my input on oats—specifically how they should be included in the ingredients list if they are gluten-free or certified gluten-free. Her question stemmed from a statement provided by General Mills when she asked why the oats in the new Chex Gluten-Free Oatmeal […]

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 […]

Product alert: Greens Plus bar contains malt yet labeled gluten-free

Product Alert: Greens Plus Whey Crisp Protein Bar

Last week the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) alerted Gluten Free Watchdog that a variety of Greens Plus bar contains barley malt yet is labeled gluten-free. Barley malt is not allowed in gluten-free foods. To read the NFCA alert for this product click here.

Note: While manufacturers labeling their foods gluten-free have until August, 2014 to comply with the FDA’s gluten-free labeling rule, malt, malt extract, and malt syrup have long been […]