— It took a few years for Louisville, Kentucky, to become the first U.S. city to ban all gluten-free baking, a move that’s been hailed by some as the start of a movement that would eventually lead to the ban of all gluten products in the U.K. and elsewhere.
The ban took effect Feb. 13.
“We’re going to make sure the city is clean and we’re going in the right direction,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said at a news conference announcing the ban.
“But we’re not going to be perfect.”
The ban on gluten in all products started in April and was extended three times, the first time in December.
In March, Louisville voters approved the ban in a referendum.
In the first two months of this year, Louisville saw its first increase in food allergies, the city said, but the number of cases has dropped significantly since the ban was put into effect.
The ban includes baking, cake making, pastry, cake decoration, bakery, confectionery, bakery goods, cakes, cupcakes or cookies, confections or molds, muffins, muffin tarts, cakes or pastries, and bakery foods.
It also bans the sale of any food prepared with the same ingredients from manufacturers that have not been approved by the U