First off, big thanks to Amy Ratner, the editor of Gluten-Free Living magazine for following this FDA decision for five or six years and reporting on the slow pace of progress to get to this moment. Here is her blog about the decision: http://www.glutenfreeliving.com/2013/08/02/gluten-free-labeling-rules-finally-approved/
What does this mean to me? I am excited because a lot of food will now be labeled. Vendors with a gluten-free product might not have labeled it as such because there was no definition of gluten free. Now they have a definitive basis to test the product in order to decide that the product is or is not gluten-free based upon a real definition.
I am so glad the FDA stuck to the 20 ppm since that seems to be the acceptable definition elsewhere. Glad there was time for public comment and sane discussion.
The really good news is that this decision is finally DONE for those of us who have celiac disease and while incredibly delayed in coming, this is the culmination of a lot of effort from people who really, really just want food choices that are safe.
Wonder if it will take this long to get GMO labeling done….