New Gluten-Free Label Regulations
The discussion around food labelling is heating up in the UK. Last week, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) announced that it is launching a public consultation on gluten-free labelling.
According to the FSA one per cent of the UK population suffers from coeliac disease and a further half a million people remain undiagnosed.
The public consultation is inviting feedback on the proposed Gluten In Food regulations 2017. The regulation will enforce the new European Union regulation which standardizes gluten-free labels on products. Enforcing labelling processes in this way will clarify how manufacturers inform customers of the difference between foods that are naturally gluten-free and those that have been specifically produced for coeliac sufferers.
At present food manufacturers are incredibly inconsistent with their gluten-free or low in gluten claims on prepackaged food, which is misleading for customers and could create issues for coeliac sufferers. The FSA also argues that products that make these claims are also sold at a premium.