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FDA Proposes Rule to Establish ‘Gluten-Free’ Labeling Compliance Requirements for Fermented, Hydrolyzed and Distilled Foods

December 17, 2015

UNITED STATES - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a new rule, establishing gluten-free labeling compliance requirements for fermented, hydrolyzed and distilled food that would require manufacturers to make and keep records monitoring the following:

  • The food meets the requirements of the gluten-free food labeling final rule prior to fermentation or hydrolysis
  • The manufacturer has adequately evaluated its process for any potential gluten cross-contact
  • Where a potential for gluten cross-contact has been identified, the manufacturer has implemented measures to prevent the introduction of gluten into the food during the manufacturing process

The rule applies to:

  • Yogurt
  • Sauerkraut
  • Pickles
  • Cheese
  • Green olives
  • Vinegar
  • FDA regulated beers

The proposed rule is open for public consultation until February 16, 2016.