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What does gluten-free mean if it is on a product label?

On August 2, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its long-awaited gluten-free food labeling rule. According to the rule, for a product to be labeled as “gluten-free,” it must not contain any gluten-containing ingredients -- or, if it does have gluten-containing ingredients, the product must be processed to remove gluten and the final product must contain less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten.

The FDA gave food manufacturers one year to comply with the ruling but encouraged them to comply as soon as possible.

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