Changes to indications relating to gluten content of food

Posted by John Mitchell on

The legal requirements relating to the voluntary indication of the absence or reduced presence of gluten in food, have been changed. From 20 July 2016 the only statements that can be used to indicate the absence or reduced presence of gluten in a food or a meal are "gluten free" and "very low gluten". The phrases "suitable for people intolerant to gluten", "suitable for coeliacs", "specifically formulated for people intolerant to gluten" and  "specifically formulated for coeliacs" can also be used only in combination with "gluten free" or "very low gluten". Click here for a more detailed explanation of the conditions under which the statements can be used. The phrase "no gluten containing ingredients" and the acronym "NGCI" are no longer permitted. 


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