Sunday, April 3, 2016

Food Labels Declassified Part 1: Gluten-Free Labels

This is part one of a two part primer on food labels for gluten-free or dietarily restricted eaters. Stay tuned for the next installment, which will be linked to this post once it is published.

Because I am always seeking out new products on store shelves, I have become very familiar with the array of symbols and logos often present on packages that alert customers that a product is gluten-free, vegan, Kosher, or any other attribute. While some are regulated and have methods to ensure a product's compliance, others are just words on a package and don't have any implications for food safety. Although this post is not a definitive round up of certifications and symbols, it's an overview of what to look out for when food shopping to demystify the process.