2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1337
Submitter : Mrs. Kelly Spahn Date & Time: 09/20/2005 05:09:17
Organization : Mrs. Kelly Spahn
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
I believe that 'Gluten-Free' on a lable should mean no trace of any gluten. People that manufacture and lable a product gluten-free should uphold that. If there is any trace of gluten, the lable should state that.

I read every ingredient on each lable to verify that it is gluten-free. When a lable states gluten-free and contains malt or oats I know it's not really gluten free and will not purchase that item.

The percentage of foods that are marked gluten-free is probably 1-2%. The types of foods labeled are generally found in health food stores. Cereals, crackers, cookies, soups, snack items, breads, and frozen dinners.

If gluten-free is printed on a label I get excited because I am thrilled to see that there is another food available. However, I don't trust the label exclusively and still read the ingredients.

If manufacturers are still able to label items gluten-free that carry trace amounts of gluten I believe that the level amount of gluten on the label would be crucial for proper food labeling. Based on that information the consumer could make a judgement as to whether or not they should purchase the item.