The federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently finalized regulations governing gluten-free claims for fermented and hydrolyzed foods, including beer and other alcohol beverages. The so called “final rule” directly applies to alcohol beverages that fall within FDA’s primary labeling jurisdiction (notably including most hard seltzer and hard cider products), and will likely influence future decision making towards gluten-free claims by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). Affected companies must come into compliance with the new regulations on or before August 13, 2021.
Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association (BA). He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.See Pete Johnson's Articles