2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1302
Submitter : Mr. Keith Horan Date & Time: 09/20/2005 05:09:07
Organization : Mr. Keith Horan
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
1. What should 'gluten Free' mean on the label? Gluten free should mean that the product does not contain any of the gluten protein. The reason this is important is because those of us that have celiac disease suffer adverse effects if we are exposed that can be life threatening. 2. How do you identify foods that do not contain gluten? I spend an inordinate amount of time looking at label ingredients. However, in 90% of the cases, I have to resort to call or email the manufacturer to find out if those ingredients contain gluten. In addition, many of the manufacturers do not understand what gluten is and if they manufacture the product in a gluten free facility. 3. What percentage products that I purchase are marked gluten free. With the exception of those products limited to a health food store, I would say less that 1% of the products found in the general supermarket population are marked 'gluten free.' 4. Does products marked 'gluten free' influence my decision to purchase products with the same ingredients? Absolutely, that way I know that I will less likely develop adverse effects if I consume that product. 5. Would you consider two or more definition of gluten free helpful? Yes. Example: If Level A meant the absence of any wheat, barley, rye, oats and any of their derivatives and level B meant the presence of trace amounts, less than 'X' parts per million, of wheat, barley, rye, oats and any of their derivatives and level C meant the presence of small amounts, less than 'Y' parts per million, wheat, barley, rye, oats and any of their derivatives. (Using 'X' and 'Y' to identify quantities to be determined by the FDA.) This additional clarification of 'gluten free' would further give the consumer confidence that the product does not contain gluten ingredients and was manufactured in a gluten free environment so as to avoid cross contamination with gluten containing products. Thank you for your consideration of my suggestions.