Restaurants including Asian Restaurant in Newport RI and Thai Restaurant in OSA, CA are now required to list all their gluten free offerings on their menus.
The ban is effective from December 15, 2018 and will remain in effect until January 20, 2019.
The move follows the launch of a gluten free app for the iPad in the United Kingdom.
As a result, Asian and Thai restaurants will now be required to offer a menu that is free of gluten.
“While this is great news for Asian customers, I am not happy about the fact that we are required to provide a gluten-free menu,” said Asian Restaurants CEO and co-founder of the restaurant chain, Sunil Chatterjee.
“While the government has already done a great job in encouraging awareness about the health benefits of gluten free foods, this requirement will make it even more difficult for our customers to find a gluten‐free option at their favorite eateries.
We will continue to monitor our supply chain to ensure that we continue to meet customer demand.”
The move comes after the launch in the UK of a new app called Gluten Free UK that aims to encourage customers to eat healthier, and will also provide free access to a gluten specific food and supplement service for people who have gluten sensitivity.