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FDA: Gastrointestinal Problems Reported From Eating Recalled Cheerios

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reportedly received at least 125 complaints from people who say they developed gastrointestinal problems from September on after eating what they thought were gluten-free Cheerios. General Mills Inc. just recalled 1.8 million boxes of gluten-free Cheerios and the company’s gluten-free Honey Nut Cheerios after finding out that the products, primarily… Continue Reading

FDA Establishes Definition of ‘Gluten-Free’ for Food Labels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued a set of standards for food manufacturers wishing to label a product “gluten-free.” The agency set a limit of 20 parts per million for the amount of gluten that may be present in foods marketed as gluten-free. The rule also extends to foods labeled “free of gluten,”… Continue Reading

Allergen Alert: ‘Gluten Free’ Candy With Wheat

Jelly Belly Candy Co. of Fairfield, CA has recalled Peter Rabbit Deluxe Easter Mix “Gluten Free” candies because the malted milk balls may contain wheat. The recall is for 2.7 oz. bags with UPC 071567992794; Lot codes 111111, 111215, and 120120; best before January 11, 2013, February 15, 2013 and March 20, 2013 respectively. The… Continue Reading

Waiting for ‘Gluten-Free’ Label Rules

Foods labeled “gluten-free” line the shelves of special sections in conventional grocery stores and natural food stores alike. But what exactly does this label mean? Groups such as the Gluten Free Certification Organization, the Celiac Sprue Association, the Canadian Celiac Association and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness each suggest different guidelines to establish a… Continue Reading

Comment Period Reopened on Gluten-Free Labeling

Four years after the Food and Drug Administration proposed guidelines for gluten-free labeling, the issue of what qualifies as “gluten-free” is back on the table. Today the agency is reopening the comment period for its rules on gluten-free labeling, which were drafted in 2007 but have not yet been adopted.  “We want to get the… Continue Reading

Senators Demand Regulation of Gluten-Free Labeling

It’s time for the government to establish universal requirements for gluten-free labeling, say U.S. Senators Ron Leahy (D-VT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR). In a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July, the Senators expressed concern that the agency has not yet set a threshold for gluten in “gluten-free” foods, despite receiving a mandate from… Continue Reading