2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1295
Submitter : Ms. Sasha Johnson Date & Time: 09/20/2005 05:09:17
Organization : Ms. Sasha Johnson
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
My 3 yr old child has been diagnosed with an inability to digest gluten. In order to assure that she doesn't accidently ingest gluten at home, we buy only gluten free products.

The only products we purchase are ones that are labeled gluten free or that the manufacturer can provide assurance that the product isn't cross- contaminated during manufacturing.

Many products don't disclose gluten contamination on the label, which makes reading ingredient lists tricky.

I spend an extra 15-20 minutes of my weekly shopping time searching for gluten or gluten free statements on products.

The labeling needs to be standardized so that it is easy to distinguish on packaging.

Gluten free should mean that a product is tested for gluten, not just that it doesn't contain gluten ingredients.

There are many cases of supposed gluten free products being contaminated and the label must be meaningful and accurate, and testing is the only way to assure safe products.