News

‘Gluten-free’ labeling standards kick in

‘Gluten-free’ labeling standards kick in

GLUTEN FREE: Starting this week, "gluten free" labels on packaged foods have real meaning. Until now, the term "gluten free" had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means. Photo: Associated Press/Jon Elswick

MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Starting this week, “gluten-free” labels on packaged foods have real meaning.

Until now, the term “gluten-free” had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means.

This new requirement is especially important for people who suffer from celiac disease and don’t absorb nutrients well. They can get sick from the gluten found in wheat and other cereal grains.

Food manufacturers faced a Tuesday deadline to ensure that anything labeled gluten-free contains less than 20 parts per million of gluten — ensuring that those products are technically free of wheat, rye and barley.

That amount is generally recognized by the medical community to be low enough so that most people who have celiac disease won’t get sick if they eat it.

Latest Headlines

in Local

Gas Prices Fall in Maine, Nationwide

WP-GasPump

The average retail gasoline price in Maine fell 11 cents in the past week.

in Local

Maine Man Charged with 3 Murders in Court Today

Keith Coleman

BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ A Maine man charged with killing his girlfriend and her two children is set to make an initial court appearance in Bangor.

in Local

Bowdoin to Cover Education Costs for Officer’s Son

Newsradio WGAN

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) _ Maine's Bowdoin College is going to cover the education costs of a student whose father was one of two New York City police officers gunned down over the weekend.

in Local

Brunswick Schools Face Lawsuit Over Bullying Allegations

LAWSUIT

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) - The Maine Human Rights Commission says it plans legal action against the Brunswick School District over a former junior high school student who said he was bullied, harassed and assaulted by other students who thought he was gay.

in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: ‘Dr. Evil’ on the Sony hack

20-overlay2

Mike Myers interrupts "Saturday Night Live" to address North Korea and Sony Pictures directly about the hack.

Tweets

  • 41m
  • 3h
  • 4h
  • 5h
  • 6h
  • 6h
  • 7h