The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The Food and Drug Administration approved a regulation this week that all products which do not contain gluten must have the words “gluten free” on the packaging in order to export to the United States.

One of the criteria for using this statement is that the food has less than 20 parts per million of gluten, the lowest level that can be detected  and consistent with international food safety agencies scientific analysis.

In addition, the food must not contain any wheat, barley or hybrids of these grains or derivatives of these grains, which have not been processed to remove gluten.

Felicia Billingslea, director of the division of food labeling and standards of the FDA states that this standard definition of gluten free “removes uncertainty about how food producers label their products. Individuals with celiac disease can be sure that food labeled gluten free meet a clear standard established and enforced by the FDA.”

Gluten is a protein blend that comes naturally from grains such as wheat and barley.

According to the American Celiac Disease Alliance of approximately 3 million people in the United States are celiac and his condition does not allow the consumption of gluten.

There was notification of the legislation previously, however, until it came into force on August 5, as confirmed by the Director of Business Intelligence Procomer, Francisco Gamboa.

United States is ranked as the top destination of Costa Rican exports with a figure in 2013 of $4.32 billion, of which 4.8% is the food industry.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica