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FDA Opens to Public Comment

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On August 2, 2011, the FDA reopened the public comment period on its proposed gluten free labeling. The agency has been working to define gluten free to assure consumers who must avoid gluten that foods labeled as such meet a clear and enforceable standard.

Breads, cakes, cereals, pastas and many other foods are made with wheat or added wheat gluten to improve texture and quality. Individuals with celiac disease or an allergy to wheat must rely on accurate gluten free labels to avoid serious illness and/or allergic reactions. Therefore, it’s good news that the FDA is seeking comment on the health effects of gluten in people with celiac disease. Hopefully, this will pave the way to better labeling practices in the food industry.