The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rule establishing requirements for “gluten-free” labeling for foods with fermented or hydrolyzed ingredients. Under the rule, FDA will evaluate compliance based on records manufacturers will be required to maintain because the agency “knows of no scientifically valid analytical method effective in detecting and quantifying with precision the gluten protein content in fermented or hydrolyzed foods in terms of equivalent amounts of intact gluten proteins.” The rule takes effect October 13, 2020.

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