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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued standards for gluten-free claims by manufacturers, "a step that health officials said would help the three million Americans with celiac disease and bring uniformity to the $4 billion market for gluten-free products," the New York Times reports.

According to the story, "The agency set a gluten limit of 20 parts per million in products labeled gluten free, said Michael R. Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine at the F.D.A. The limit had long been discussed and did not come as a surprise to industry or patient advocate groups. It was similar to the level adopted in recent years by the European Union and Canada, Mr. Taylor said."

The gluten-free industry is estimated to be a $4.2 billion business.
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