Congratulations to those with celiac disease and experimental dieters: the FDA is officially enforcing a labeling standard on the packaging of gluten free foods. As of Aug. 5, manufacturers are required to be in compliance with law stating that foods may only be labeled “gluten free” if they contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. Prior to the 2013 ruling, manufacturers looking to cash in on the rising food trend had been labeling products that weren’t devoid of the potentially harmful protein as if they were, posing a threat to those with celiac disease. It is predicted that the gluten-free market will exceed $6.6 billion by 2017, according to marketing research firm Packaged Facts. Clearly an industry to watch, those with celiac disease can rest assured that the industry itself is also being watched.

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