… Gluten free beer, that is. So, yeah, this doesn’t really affect gluten free cosmetics at the moment. BUT. Y’all remember my argument against “gluten-less” barley, right? On May 24th, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has issued a ruling that agrees with me.
From the press release by the TTB-
TTB understands that there is a desire both on the part of consumers and industry members for information regarding the gluten content of alcohol beverages. Consequently, TTB has issued a Ruling to allow industry members to provide interested consumers with the best available information regarding the gluten content of their products so that those consumers may make an informed decision about whether to consume the product. Because products made from ingredients that contain gluten may, despite processing to remove gluten, still contain gluten that cannot be detected using available testing methods, the Ruling distinguishes between products that are made from ingredients that contain gluten and those that are not.
Oooh yeah! THANK YOU TTB!!! Y’all are the FIRST government agency to be as careful about Celiac’s health as we are ourselves. I could hug y’all. Maybe I will, someday.
But my very favorite line in the press release?
TTB will not allow products made from ingredients that contain gluten to be labeled as “gluten-free.”
I almost teared up.
This is a major step forward for ALL Celiacs, whether you drink beer or not. It changes the game for all prospective Celiac laws. Plus, it’s historical for being the FIRST American government ruling on the subject of gluten free. This is the first time I’ve felt optimistic about American Gluten Free Laws in a very long time.
You can read the whole press release here, which also includes a link to the actual ruling.
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