Mary’s Gone Crackers is pleased to hear that the FDA has (finally!) announced the safety standard for labeling products gluten free in the United States. Establishing the U.S. standard as less than 20 parts per million (ppm) is consistent with the Codex Alimentarius Commission’s labeling guidelines set by the World Health Organization and is followed in some other countries, including the European Union and Canada. (Learn about the history of food labeling and other countries’ standards here.)
While responsible and knowledgeable companies will certainly comply (and everyone must comply by August 2014), those with Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance should continue to read food labels and question manufacturers if you have doubts. Not everyone understands all the places that gluten can be found in ingredients, or the many ways that a product could be contaminated with gluten, even if it doesn’t contain gluten through its ingredients list. Certification through third-party testing, like Mary’s Gone Crackers has through GIG, offers more assurance that the standard for safety has been met.
Since launching our company in 2004, awareness of “all things gluten” has skyrocketed in the U.S. This decision by the FDA will support continued awareness and for that we are grateful.
In good health,