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The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, Title II of Senate Bill S.741 became law on August 2, 2004 with President George W. Bush’s signature. The following is a summary of the bill’s provisions related to Voluntary food labeling using the term “gluten-free”.
"Not later than two years after the date of enactment, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with appropriate experts and stakeholders, shall issue a proposed rule to define, and permit use of, the term 'gluten-free' on the labeling of foods. Not later than four years after the date of enactment, the Secretary shall issue a rule to define, and permit use of, 'gluten-free' on the labeling of foods." Section 206.