Gluten Free in Europe

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Regulation (EU) No 828/2014

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 828/2014 of 30 July 2014 on the requirements for the provision of information to consumers on the absence or reduced presence of gluten in food has been published.

The Regulation will apply from 20 July 2016 at which time the previous Regulation 41/2009 will be repealed.

The statement 'suitable for coeliacs' is now officially authorised as an alternative to 'suitable for people intolerant to gluten' (Article 3(2)). The same for the statement 'specifically formulated for coeliacs' as an alternative to the statement 'specifically formulated for people intolerant to gluten' (Article 3(3)).

The Commission Position to Harmonize Gluten Free Logo.

Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission, 2nd September 2014:

“Regulation (EC) No 41/2009 lays down rules concerning the composition and labelling of foodstuffs suitable for people intolerant to gluten and establishes conditions for foods to be labelled as ‘gluten-free’ and ‘very low gluten’……”

Regulation (EU) No 609/2013 will repeal Regulation (EC) No 41/2009 with effect from 20 July 2016 and foresees that the latter’s rules should be transferred under Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011….”

The use of logos on products labelled ‘gluten-free’ is not harmonized by Regulation (EC) No 41/2009 and will not be harmonized by Regulation (EU) No 828/2014…..”

To date, no information has been made available to the Commission on the use of such logos at national level. In particular, there is no data on how their use influences the intended consumers' purchasing behavior, especially their understanding of the relevant information and their ability to identify gluten-free products more easily.”

Given the above, the Commission does not currently intend to harmonize the use of ‘gluten-free’ logos in the EU.

More information: European Parliament Website