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Do food labeling laws require manufacturers to disclose gluten ingredients?

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Updated August 16, 2013

Question: Do food labeling laws require manufacturers to disclose gluten ingredients?
Answer:

Unfortunately, no. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA), requires manufacturers to disclose the top eight food allergens: milk, eggs, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, soybeans, and wheat. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, these eight foods account for 90% of all food allergies.

However, gluten is found in the grains barley and rye in addition to wheat, and the FDA's regulations do not cover those two grains.

Therefore, those with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity need to learn how to find gluten on food labels to make sure products don't contain gluten.

Source:

Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Law of 2004. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Accessed March 14, 2011.

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