More on gluten labelling...

Consumer understanding on additional labelling terms for foods without cereals containing gluten as ingredients

The Food Standards Agency has recently published the findings of the second of two research studies looking at how well coeliac consumers understand the new labelling phrases about the gluten content of the food they are buying. 

The researchers found that a range of different strategies are being used by those people wishing to avoid gluten when purchasing food to help them make safe food choices. Many are actively looking for ways to reduce their risk. However, there were a few within the sample who relied more on their own judgement and were not necessarily always thoroughly checking to establish whether the foods they ate contained gluten.  

In this second study the researchers tried to establish consumers' reactions to the statement ‘No gluten containing ingredients’. They found that it was generally welcomed by the research audience for making decisions when eating out, especially when compared to the new labelling for food suitable for those people wishing to avoid gluten, for example changes to gluten free statements on menus.  The ‘No gluten containing ingredients’ statement also emerged as the most effective and appropriate statement compared to the alternatives tested.

If you would like to read the full reports they are available from the Food Standards Agency’s website.


More research on the management of coeliac disease


Top of page

If you found this article interesting, you will find many more general articles and research reports on coeliac disease here, and lots of information on the management of coeliac disease here.
You can also find articles and research reports on gluten intolerance here and articles on a wide range of other digestive conditions here.

For hundreds of gluten free foods see our freefrom food section here, and for nearly 800 gluten-free recipes see here.

And if you would like to get our FREE fortnightly e-newsletter with new products, recipes, articles and all the latest news from the allergy and freefrom world, just sign up here.