Restaurants will be allowed to offer up to eight gluten-friendly meals per day in downtown Chicago this summer, with the exception of specialty items like desserts and desserts made from wheat flour.
The ban will go into effect on July 17, 2018, with restaurants that have already signed up to offer the meals to customers starting to receive notification this week, according to a Chicago Business article.
The restaurants that are allowed to serve up to seven gluten-safe meals per week will be announced later this month.
Restaurants that do not want to offer them will have to get approval from the city.
The new rules do not apply to specialty food items, which will still be required to be listed on the menu.
The city has already issued guidelines to restaurants that want to allow gluten-containing items.
The city has long been struggling with the issue of how to regulate food products with a gluten content of up to 30% in order to protect people from health complications from a food’s gluten content.
While some restaurants and food makers have said they want to continue serving gluten-based foods, the city has yet to approve them as a way to ensure people are getting the most health benefits from a gluten-filled meal.
In 2015, the Food and Drug Administration issued new guidelines to the industry to make it easier for restaurants to make the transition from gluten-laden foods to gluten-neutral foods.
They also set new standards for restaurants that will sell gluten-fuelled food, including gluten-injected pasta, and will have more leeway when it comes to how many gluten-specific items are allowed per table.
The FDA’s guidelines are set to go into force in the fall of 2018, and there are already many restaurants that said they are prepared to follow the new rules, including restaurants that sell gluten free products like pasta and soups.