2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1107
Submitter : Ms. Sarah Branham Date & Time: 09/20/2005 03:09:14
Organization : Ms. Sarah Branham
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
As a person with Gluten allergies, I would like to voice my support for a regulation on the use of "gluten-free" on product labels that is in line with that which has been used in Europe and other countries (20 PPM for products that contain naturally gluten-free ingredients, and 200 PPM for products that have been rendered gluten-free such as those that may contain Codex Alimentarius quality wheat starch.)

It is very important that you DO NOT adopt a "zero tolerance" regulation in this matter because doing so will cause many gluten-free food companies to discontinue their use of the term "gluten-free" on their labels out of fear of litigation--which is counterproductive for all people with this disease (most, if not all, gluten-free food companies do not grow, transport or mill the gluten-free grains that they use as ingredients--a fact that will make them vulnerable to litigation if a zero tolerance level is adopted). Last, the inclusion of trace levels of gluten in the diets of those with celiac disease have been shown to be safe in many scientific studies, for more details please see:
http://www.celiac.com/st_main.html?p_catid=15

Thank you,
Sarah Branham