Restaurants and food manufacturers who market food or beverage items as “gluten-free,” must meet all requirements of the regulatory definition set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration starting August 5, 2014.
To help restaurants comply with the ruling, the FDA has issued a guide for small food business outlining the new federal requirements regarding use of the term “gluten-free” on food products. The Small Entity Compliance Guide provides a plain-language Q&A overview of the FDA’s regulatory requirements related to “gluten-free.” The guide covers the key requirements of the regulation, including food products subject to the rule; the definitions of the terms "gluten" and "gluten-free"; and when FDA considers a food labeled "gluten-free" to be misbranded.
The FDA announced the final rule on “gluten-free” labeling last August of 2013 so that consumers, particularly those with celiac disease, can depend on the accuracy and reliability of the claim. See last year’s NRA news release
Starting August 5, 2014, the compliance date of the rule, all FDA-regulated food products labeled on or after that date and bearing the gluten-free claim must comply with the rule’s requirements.
Download the FDA’s Small Entity Compliance Guide (PDF)
Additional Information on Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods