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NSF Science-Based Gluten-Free Certification Program Meets New FDA Gluten-Free Regulation, Providing a Label Consumers, Food Manufacturers and Restaurants Can Trust
Date:9/17/2013

Ann Arbor, MI (PRWEB) September 17, 2013

NSF International, a global public health organization with nearly 70 years of food safety expertise, has confirmed that its science-based Gluten-Free Certification Program meets the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new regulation defining the term “gluten-free” for voluntary food labeling.

The U.S. FDA recently published the final rule that sets a gluten limit of 20 parts per million (ppm) in foods labeled as “gluten-free,” “without gluten,” “free of gluten” or “no gluten.” Food manufacturers have a year from the date the rule was published (August 5, 2014) to bring their labels into compliance with the new requirements.

Gluten-free products certified via NSF International’s Gluten-Free Certification Program already meet the FDA’s new gluten-free labeling regulation. In 2011, NSF International developed its voluntary gluten-free standard and certification program, which verifies that certified products contain 20 ppm or less of gluten.

In addition to product testing, NSF audits the manufacturing facilities to ensure the manufacturing process prevents gluten contamination of products and reviews the formulations to ensure that the ingredients used are gluten-free. The program provides an added level of assurance to consumers, especially the more than 3 million Americans with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

Widespread cross-contamination of source ingredients means that even manufacturers who singularly produce gluten-free products must incorporate adequate testing and verification protocols into their operating procedures. The stringent nature of the NSF certification protocols helps to ensure prevention of contamination and co-mingling, critically im
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