Gluten-free diet:

Gluten-free diet is a diet that is completely free of ingredients derived from cereals containing gluten (wheat, barley , rye and certain variety of oat). Food additives such as flavors, stabilizing and thickening agents may also contain gluten.

Example of gluten free food:

  • Rice
  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Fruits
  • Vegetable
  • Nuts
  • Yucca
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Milk
  • Eggs

Examples labeled gluten-free food:
Deserts, snacks without cereals, sausages, soups, rice crackers, etc.

Example of raw material potentially gluten free:
Starch, glucose, rice flour, corn flour, etc

Gluten regulation:

  • Codex Alimentarius (FOA/WHO):
    < 20 mg/kg or < 20 ppm is “gluten-free”.
  • Spain:
    For the FACE (Federation of Associations of Spanish celiac), the label “Controled by FACE” must have less than 10 ppm of gluten.
  • United States:
    FDA follows the Codex and considers  <20 ppm as “gluten free”.
  • European Union Gluten Labelling Regulation (2009/41/EC) – January 2009.
    Food containing:
    < 100 mg/kg or < 100 ppm shall bear the term (label) “very low gluten”.
    < 20 mg/kg or < 20 ppm may bear term (label) “gluten-free”.