On August 3, 2021, Representatives Pallone and DeLauro, along with Senators Blumenthal, Whitehouse, and Markey reintroduced the Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2021 (FLMA) to the House and the Senate.
The FLMA is a comprehensive effort to address numerous food labeling issues and includes amending FALCPA (Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act) to require that food product packaging must disclose gluten-containing grains. This legislation would require that barely and rye be listed in the “Contains” statement and /or the ingredients on packaged food labels. Currently, wheat is the only gluten-containing grain that is required to be disclosed on food and beverage labels.
Food labels play an important role in managing celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders. For example, this change will allow consumers to know if the malt syrup or natural flavorings in their food contains barley.
In addition to reforming gluten labeling, the legislation will initiate a comprehensive overhaul to align often antiquated food labeling laws and regulations with the changing marketplace and the latest nutrition science. Some of the food labeling provisions of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act have not been updated since 1938! For more details about the Bill, see the fact sheet from CSPI here.
And click here to quickly email your Members of Congress to support the Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2021 requiring labels to declare all gluten-containing grains in FDA-regulated foods and give consumers the information they need to easily and safely choose products for their medically-prescribed gluten-free diets. Without the FLMA, these consumers remain at risk of unknowingly ingesting foods that are unsafe for them.