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Why has the Gluten Free marker been removed?

Submitted by on December 3, 2010 – 4:44 pmOne Comment

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.

You can find information on the ingredients of most of our products on www.sumawholesale.coop or e-mail us at: info@suma.coop

You can find out more information about coeliac disease and a gluten free diet and lifestyle from Coeliac UK

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  • Pete Shield says:

    As a diagnosed Ceoliac for the past 39 years or so I have to say the advances in labelling over the last 10 years or so have greatly improved my ability to live healthily. When I first was diagnosed the ingredients published on the label at best could be seen as a rough guide and at worse a complete fiction.

    The only way to be sure of what you ate was to actually avoid all processed food of any description. It was my condition that pushed me towards vegetarianism rather than any sustainable or animal friendly thinking- they came along later.

    The last five years or so have been a bit revolution for Ceoliacs, as gluten-free diets have started to take off as a life style choice the market for gluten-free has grown enormously and food manufacturers and retailers have massively expanded their ranges and the quality of their produce.

    Personally however I have sort of stuck to my pure ingredients approach, processed gluten-free food strikes me as only marginally healthier than heavily processed foods that include gluten.

    Which of course is why I appreciate you guys at Suma for continuing to supply top of category quality ingredients.

    Keep on keeping on

    Pete

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