Labels will soon appear on products containing whole barley and dry milled products, including flakes, grits, flour and meal. The FDA decision brings hope to farmers that believe an increase in sales could result from the ruling.
"I also expect more research to document other potential health benefits (for barley)." said Mike Davis, a spokesman for the National Barley Improvement Committee.
Currently, only 4 percent of the total barley produced in the U.S. is used in human food. Malting and brewing is the top category for barley use while livestock feed remains a close second.