New rules for gluten-free labels on your food now in effect

New rules for gluten-free labels on your food now in effect »Play Video

Companies now have to meet a new standard if they want to claim something is gluten-free.

The Food and Drug Administration said new rules went into effect on Aug. 5 that require companies to label foods as gluten-free only if there are fewer than 20 parts per million of gluten in the food.

That is like one grain of rice in a two-pound bag, and the FDA said that is a small enough amount that even people with serious gluten issues like celiac disease will most likely be OK if they eat it.

In the past, the FDA said, companies could claim a food was gluten-free, but there were no standards for the term, so people with gluten issues could not be sure of what they were actually getting.

The rules require companies to start labeling food correctly as of Aug. 5, but some food on store shelves may be left over from before the rules went into effect. The FDA said companies are allowed to sell the left over product until it is gone.

The FDA said food with these labels will be required to meet the new standard:

---Gluten free
---Free of gluten
---Without gluten
---No gluten

However, the FDA said, food with these labels are not required to meet the new standard, unless they also have another label declaring the food to be gluten-free:

---Made with no gluten-containing ingredients
---Not made with gluten-containing ingredients

Some surveys show as many as one out of four people is trying to avoid gluten.

The FDA has a page with more answers to questions about the new gluten-free labeling rules.