FDA commissioner affirms importance of gluten-free labeling compliance
WASHINGTON — Michael Taylor, who currently serves as the Food and Drug Administration's deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, outlined the importance for companies to adhere to gluten-free guidelines in a post on FDA Voice. The agency last year issued a rule that set criteria for what defines "gluten-free" and the characteristics of food products that carry the label. Tuesday marked the compliance date for the rule.
"Honest and accurate 'gluten-free' labeling will strengthen consumers’ confidence in the products that carry it. One of the rule’s requirements is that it establishes a threshold of 20 parts per million — meaning that to be labeled as free of gluten, each kilogram of the product must contain less than 20 mg of the protein," Taylor said. "This is consistent with the threshold established by other countries and international bodies that set food safety standards."
Taylor stressed the seriousness of celiac diesease and why it's critical that consumers be able to prepare meals without the fear of putting their health in danger: for 3 million Americans dealing with the disease, a gluten-free diet is the only choice.
"I commend companies that have already stepped up to the plate to meet the definition for 'gluten-free' labeling," he added. "They make it possible for consumers to have labels they can trust as they make well-informed food choices."
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Angel Soft debuts tissue soft packs
ATLANTA — Angel Soft, a brand from Georgia-Pacific, announced the introduction of Angel Soft Facial Tissue Soft Packs, which are both crush and water resistant, according to the company. The tissue packs are available in both in-home and on-the-go sizes. The in-home pack has 165 sheets while the on-the-go pack contains 72. The packaging is available in five patterns.
"New flexible and water-resistant soft packs will allow Angel Soft consumers to use facial tissue in more places. With soft, crush-resistant packaging, our consumers won't have to waste tissues because boxes get crushed or wet," said Mara Lapp, senior brand manager at Georgia-Pacific. "Both of these things make the new Angel Soft Facial Tissue soft packs a great value, which is what Angel Soft is all about."
Angel Soft Facial Tissue Soft Packs are now available at select retailers across the country.