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TGI(G)F: FDA Inches Closer to Gluten-Free Labeling

June 20th, 2008 by Brooke

What’s the point of being a DC Glutie if you don’t get a dish some policy dirt once in a while?

When we last left off, the FDA was in the process of consideration and subsequent enactment of a gluten-free labeling rule but there were no new updates available. This just in: the FDA is moving forward to the next phase of the gluten-free labeling ruling and is currently conducting a safety assessment of gluten intake by gluties.

So, while it’s too early to predict if it will all come to fruition this fall as previously anticipated, I feel somewhat assured that this quiet phase is all in the spirit of “no news is good news.”

Here’s the FDA update I received yesterday in its entirety.

“The final rule to define the food labeling term “gluten-free” will not be issued until sometime after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publishes a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of its draft report on a safety assessment for gluten intake by individuals with Celiac disease. FDA will be soliciting public comments on that draft which will be considered along with the comments we previously received on the proposed rule on gluten-free food labeling as well as the findings of the safety assessment itself in developing a final rule.

The notice on the safety assessment is expected to be published shortly, but it is premature to anticipate the issuance date of the final rule. However, when the notice and final rule are published, they likely will
be posted at FDA’s website http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/lab-cat.html#gluten. Therefore, you may
wish to visit that website periodically for any updates.”

So, we gluties will be watching for when the safety assessment is posted for public comment and we will encourage you to be active in that discussion.

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