The FDA Is Temporarily Relaxing Food Labeling Rules—But Mikey’s Will Always Be Transparent
You’re likely well aware that our country’s food supply chains have been disrupted over the last couple of months due to Covid-19. We’ve all experienced challenges finding our usual products at the grocery store, and we recognize this has been especially stressful for everyone with food allergies.
On May 22, 2020, the FDA announced it would temporarily allow food manufacturers to make minor ingredient substitutions (defined as ingredients that account for two percent or less of the finished product) without updating the labels on their packaging. In doing so, the FDA’s goal is to give flexibility to manufacturers who are struggling to procure certain ingredients in light of the recent supply chain disruptions.
We want to assure you that Mikey’s will not be making any ingredient substitutions at this time. We know that people with celiac disease, gluten-intolerance and other dietary restrictions rely heavily on ingredient labels to figure out what foods are safe to consume. Our goal has always been to make you delicious gluten-free meal options with simple, recognizable ingredients, and that means knowing exactly what’s in your food, down to the last pinch of salt. If we do update any of our recipes in the future, we will make sure what’s inside the box matches what’s on the outside of the box—period. You don’t need one more thing to stress about right now, and like always, we’re here to help make feeding your family easier, not harder.
As you are out shopping, it may also reassure you to know any ingredient swaps other manufacturers may make under the FDA’s new guidelines are not allowed to include any of the top eight allergens or ingredients “known to cause sensitivities in some people.” Additionally, any ingredient changes cannot affect health claims on the label (such as “gluten-free”) or have a significant nutritional impact on the finished product.
We hope you’re staying safe and healthy. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about our ingredients or products, please contact us.