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With information from Kansas State University-

Starting Tuesday, you’re going to see more gluten-free labels on grocery items. The food and drug administration approved a new regulation for voluntary labeling of gluten-free products.

The new definition for a gluten-free product will be any food containing less than 20 parts per million of gluten. A leading expert in gluten food labeling from kansas state university says even though the regulation is voluntary, most companies he works with are adding the new label because gluten free is so popular.

“Even though only about 1 percent of the population has celiac disease, which is gluten intolerance, the actual number or percentage of people buying gluten-free products has jumped to about 7 to 8 percent of the population and it continues to increase,” said Fadi Aramouni, kansas state university gluten food labeling expert.

The food allergen labeling and consumer protection act has been asking for a definition of gluten-free for more than five years.

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