Celiac Sprue Certification

celiac_whiteOn August 2, 2013 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially ruled on gluten-free food labeling.  As of August 5, 2014, all manufacturers of FDA-regulated packaged food making a gluten-free claim must comply with the guidelines outlined by the FDA.

So what does it mean when a food product is labeled as “gluten-free?”

Under the new rule, if a food carries a gluten-free claim, it either:

  • Inherently does not contain gluten (i.e. a bag of raw carrots or bottle water)

OR meets the following criteria:

  • Does not contain an ingredient that is a whole, gluten-containing grain (i.e. wheat, barely, rye or crossbred hybrids of these grains)
  • Does not contain an ingredient that is derived from a gluten-containing grain and has not been processed to remove gluten (i.e. wheat flour)
  • May contain an ingredient that is derived from a gluten-containing grain that has been processed to remove gluten (i.e. wheat starch) as long as the food product contains less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten
  • Any unavoidable gluten in the food due to cross-contact (commonly referred to as cross-contamination by the gluten-free community) or migration of gluten from packaging materials is less than 20 ppm gluten

At Metropolitan Gourmet we have chosen to certify our product at less than 5 ppm and have had that content tested and approved by the Celiac Sprue organization. This means you can rest assured that out standards are the highest and our Gluten Free Bread crumbs are safe for a person with Celiac disease, anyone who has chosen to eat gluten free and tastes great so is enjoyed by the entire family. Our plant is a gluten free and allergy free plant which means there are no concerns of cross contamination.