News

‘Gluten-free’ labeling standards kick in

‘Gluten-free’ labeling standards kick in

GLUTEN FREE: Starting this week, "gluten free" labels on packaged foods have real meaning. Until now, the term "gluten free" had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means. Photo: Associated Press/Jon Elswick

MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Starting this week, “gluten-free” labels on packaged foods have real meaning.

Until now, the term “gluten-free” had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means.

This new requirement is especially important for people who suffer from celiac disease and don’t absorb nutrients well. They can get sick from the gluten found in wheat and other cereal grains.

Food manufacturers faced a Tuesday deadline to ensure that anything labeled gluten-free contains less than 20 parts per million of gluten — ensuring that those products are technically free of wheat, rye and barley.

That amount is generally recognized by the medical community to be low enough so that most people who have celiac disease won’t get sick if they eat it.

Local Headlines

in Local

Arnolds Park Accident

Car Accident 1280

Two Lakes area people are injured in a two vehicle accident...

in Local

Highway 18 Accident

ambulance2

Two are injured in a multi vehicle accident east of Algona...

in Local

Rock Island Project Opposition

wind turbine

Over 1000 Iowans, including some local have objections to a two billion dollar project...

in Local

Spencer School Buildings

adminbuilding1240

The Spencer schools are looking at building projects...

in Local

Christmas Fire Danger Awareness

treeofjoy

A reminder to be thinking safety when decorating for the holidays...