• Last week marked the deadline for the FDA’s final ruling on gluten free labeling of food.

    The ruling last year gave food companies until Aug. 5th to comply with the standards for labeling foods free of gluten, gluten free, without gluten and no gluten. To be considered gluten free, FDA set gluten limits of less than 20 parts per million in foods that carry the gluten free label. The FDA stated that’s the lowest level that can be detected in foods.

    The FDA defines gluten as a mixture of proteins that occur naturally in wheat, rye, barley and crossbreeds of those grains.

  • A recent study by the Center for Rural Affairs suggests rural areas depend on SNAP benefits more than urban areas.

    The report released Wednesday suggested the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was more important to rural areas rather than urban minority populations, as the Center noted is often a stereotype of the program. The research indicated seniors and children are among the most at risk for food insecurity.

    Rural Policy Director Jon Bailey said more than 14 percent of rural households received SNAP benefits compared to 10.0 percent of urban households and 11.4 percent nationwide.