PLANO, TX -- Frito-Lay North America has established a testing process to validate many of its products as gluten-free and will identify them on its packaging.
Some of the snack giant's products -- Lay's classic potato chips and Fritos original corn chips among them -- are already gluten-free. Foods will not be reformulated but tested to meet the requirement set by the Food and Drug Administration that a product must contain 20 parts per million before the manufacturer can make a "gluten-free" claim.
Products that qualify as gluten-free will be identified with a "GF" icon and statement on the back of the bag. Frito-Lay said changes to packaging will be phased in as products are qualified under the new testing process.
About 3 million Americans have celiac disease, a digestive disorder triggered by gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, and an estimated 21 million more have some level of gluten sensitivity.
A list of Frito-Lay's gluten-free products can viewed by clicking here.