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Is Australia's Gluten-free Standard Unworkable?

Is Australia's Gluten-free Standard Unworkable?

Jefferson Adams

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Celiac.com 11/24/2016 – When Australia set it’s gluten-content standards at zero ppm for gluten-free labeling, many people in the gluten-free community hailed the action as revolutionary for people with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity.

Sensitivity to gluten varies among celiac patients, so, in theory, restricting levels in food to under one part per million (ppm) would protect the maximum number of patients.

International gluten-free standards require that foods labelled “gluten-free” (GF) contain less than 20 ppm gluten. In Australia and New Zealand, however, a “no detectable gluten” standard applies.

Now, a pair of researchers say product testing shows that 14% of imported products were non-compliant with the current Australian standard, but none contained more than 1.1 ppm gluten.

Geoffrey M Forbes and Kenneth Dods are calling those standards “not practical or reasonable,” and urging authorities revise the current Australian GF standard of “no detectable gluten” to “≤ 1 ppm.”

Read the full story at: Med J Aust 2016; 205 (7): 316. doi: 10.5694/mja16.00485

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Published at Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:30:00 +0000

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