Gluten and you

IBS Gluten and you – New regulation affecting food manufacture. If you have IBS and suspect gluten may be part of the problem, or suffer from Celiac disease This information is important to you. The levels of gluten from foods claiming to be either ‘gluten-free‘ or ‘very low gluten‘ have been introduced by EC Regulation 41/2009 respectively as 20 parts per million of gluten or less and 100 parts per million or less – although only foods with cereal content that has been specially processed to remove the gluten may make the very low gluten claim.IBSSlogoThe EC Regulation allows the two terms to be used as appropriate on labellings, while only allowing the phrase ‘suitable for coeliacs‘ to be used alongside them and not on its own. The term ‘No gluten-containing ingredients‘ may be used on food where no gluten containing ingredients have been added, but a small amount may be present from contact with other foods. This phrase has no legal force so it cannot guarantee that food bearing it is free. The gluten levels labeling regime introduced in the EC regulation have been implemented in England by The Foodstuffs Suitable for People intolerant to gluten (England) regulation.

This regulation has been adopted also in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Source: www.tinyurl.com/bizinf-613z9 & www.tinyurl.com/bizinf-613z9e