• FDA Finalizes “Gluten-Free” Labeling Rule
  • August 7, 2013 | Authors: Brendan Carroll; Donald E. Segal
  • Law Firm: Alston & Bird LLP - Washington Office
  • Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its much anticipated and long-awaited Final Rule on the “Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods”—more than six years after the agency published its Proposed Rule in January 2007. The final rule was issued under the authority of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) and defines the term “gluten-free” for voluntary use in the labeling of foods, setting forth conditions on the use of the term. The final rule seeks to answer many of the lingering questions from both food manufacturers and those consumers who suffer from celiac disease by establishing a standardized federal definition of the term “gluten-free” across the food industry. Although the final rule becomes effective on September 4, 2013, companies will have one year to comply with the regulation until August 5, 2014.