The Commission has adopted Commission Regulation (EC) No 41/2009 on the content and labelling of foodstuffs suitable for people intolerant to gluten (for other language versions please click here).
This legislation harmonises rules on the labelling related to the absence of gluten in food. It sets out the conditions under which foods may be labelled as "gluten-free" or "very-low gluten". The purpose is to ensure the health and safety of European consumers across the EU and remove unnecessary barriers to trade.
What will the new Regulation 609/2013 on Food for Specific Groups (FSG) do for foods for people intolerant for gluten?
Regulation (EC) No 41/2009 will be repealed. Regulation 1169/2011 on food information for consumers already includes rules on information to be provided for all foods on the presence of ingredients, such as gluten containing ingredients, with a scientifically proven allergenic or intolerance effect. In order to ensure clarity and consistency the rules of Regulation 41/2009 will be transferred under Regulation 1169/2011.
This will lead to better consumer protection since rules on the use of 'gluten-free' and 'very low gluten' statements will apply also to non pre-packed foods.