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The Food Labeling and Consumer Protection Act

On August 2, 2004, President George W. Bush signed into law

The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, Title II of Senate Bill S.741

Summary of the bill's provisions by CSA Executive Director Mary Schluckebier

1) GLUTEN LABELING

"Not later than two years after the date of enactment, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with appropriate experts and stakeholders, shall is-sue a proposed rule to define, and permit use of, the term 'gluten-free' on the labeling of foods. Not later than four years after the date of enactment, the Secretary shall issue a rule to define, and permit use of, 'gluten-free' on the labeling of foods." Section 206

2) ALLERGENS

The list of major allergens contains milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts and soy-beans or ingredients containing the protein from any of the above. Wheat, as one of the major allergens, is included in ALL stipulations of Title II of the bill. In this art