Why has the Gluten Free marker been removed?
Why has the Gluten Free marker been removed from some products when the ingredients haven’t changed?
Under new European Union regulations, EC No 41/2009, only foods that contain less than 20 parts of gluten in a million (ppm) will be allowed to use the term ‘gluten-free’ on their packaging. Recent evidence has shown that this extremely low level offers better protection for people with an intolerance to gluten. The international Codex Alimentarius Commission, which provides the standards for Europe, had previously set the limit at 200 ppm, lowering the limit to 20 ppm brings Europe closer in line with lower limits already customary in the U.S., Canada and Australia.
Due to this change in regulation many manufacturers are now removing the Gluten Free claim from their packaging, as keeping the claim means that they have to test every batch of stock that they manufacture for gluten traces. In reality this means that, although there may have been no change to ingredients or manufacturing process, where a supplier no longer states that their product is not gluten free then neither can we.
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