In the wake of Food & Drug Administration (FDA) publishing final rules for making “gluten-free” claims on fermented and hydrolyzed foods, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) released Ruling 2020-2 addressing its policies towards gluten claims. The ruling leaves intact TTB’s “interim policy” towards gluten claims on fermented products (like beers/malt beverages) made with barley but treated to remove gluten. Such products cannot make the claim “gluten-free,” but can claim to be “crafted to remove gluten” if certain required disclaimers accompany this claim. Concerning distilled spirits, however, TTB now has authorized gluten-free claims if the producer can implement good manufacturing practices to prevent the introduction of any gluten-containing material into the finished product.
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