There are a few of different gluten-free labels out there. One day, we’ll go through them – I think that’s got the makings of a good post or three, and there are subtle differences between them that make certain labels more or less necessary for certain consumers.

For today, though, I just want to share some news about a new label on the block: Certified Gluten-Free, which is offered up under the auspices of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness and Quality Assurance International.

According to this press release, the label officially unveiled about a week ago. But what does it mean?

To understand the label, the first thing to do is understand who’s behind it. NFCA, based in Philadelphia, is a leading nonprofit focused on increased diagnosis, awareness, and treatment of celiac disease. Founder Alice Bast recently won the prestigious Philadelphia Award.

QAI is the leading provider of organic certification, according to the above press release. They also certify items as kosher, non-GMO, socially responsible, etc. Parent company NSF has been providing food and consumer product safety certification for decades.

OK. So what does this particular certification mean? According to the press release, “The program uses feedback from consumers, manufacturers and retailers and includes:

  • Product review
  • Onsite inspection
  • Testing to ensure compliance to 10ppm or less
  • Ongoing compliance including random product testing

It’s worth noting that the 10ppm threshold is the same one offered by the GFCO certification program (through the Gluten Intolerance Group). This reminds me that we ought to talk about ppm (parts per million), which are a confusing thing for many gluten-free folks.

But, again: another day, another post. For now, let’s hear it: what do you think about the new program?