The new branding replaces the ‘Gluten-Free’ standard formerly administered by the company’s International Certification Services (ICS) business unit.
“Based on anticipated higher demand for gluten-free verifications following the alarming results of the study, we decided to bring the standard under the Where Food Comes From umbrella, where it should enjoy a higher profile among consumers and potential customers in the food supply chain,” said John Saunders, chairman and CEO of WFCF.
More rigorous requirements to earn consumer confidence
According to WFCF, the updated standard includes more stringent requirements based on a combination of quantitative analysis of the products marketed as Certified Gluten-Free, along with the required management practices aimed at minimizing the contamination of gluten proteins in the production system.
Analytical testing will be conducted and the strict limit of detection for testing assures that any present gluten is below the 20 parts per million (ppm) limit currently allowed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a gluten-free claim.
Approximately 1% of the US population suffers from celiac disease, however, an increasing number of consumers find they have a greater degree of sensitivity to foods that typically contain gluten.
As such, the gluten-free market is skyrocketing, growing in double digit CAGR and projected to reach $7.59bn by 2020, according to MarketsandMarkets.
Authors: Benjamin A. Lerner, Lynn T. Phan Vo, Shireen Yates, et al
American Journal of Gastroenterology: May 2019 - Volume 114 - Issue 5 - p 792–797