FDA Consumer Health Information - A Glimpse at 'Gluten-Free' Food Labeling

Aug 02, 2011, 12:12 ET from U.S. Food and Drug Administration

SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gluten is found in many cakes, cereals, pastas, and other foods.

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The term "gluten" is commonly used to refer to certain proteins that occur naturally in wheat, rye, barley, and crossbreeds of these grains and that can harm people who have celiac disease. The only treatment for this disorder is a life-long, gluten-free diet.

On Aug. 2, FDA comes one step closer to a standard definition of "gluten-free" for food labeling.

Find out about FDA's recent actions to define "gluten-free" and why there are no nutritional advantages to being on a gluten-free diet for people who are not sensitive to gluten at

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