2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1386
Submitter : Mrs. Patricia Young Date & Time: 09/20/2005 06:09:43
Organization : Mrs. Patricia Young
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
I would love to see the words gluten-free on all food labels. This phrase should indeed mean totally gluten-free with no exceptions for even small amounts of gluten. Four members of my family have celiac disease and they can make no exceptions without the consequences of much pain and discomfort. I, my mother and daughter-in-law spend a great deal of time reading these labels when shopping for food for these family members.
Also, over the years I have had several people contact me about how to eat a gluten-free diet since their doctors told them that is the change they needed to make in their diets-but gave them no clue as to what that meant other than no wheat, oats, barley, and rye. This diet is much more challenging than those simple instructions. If they could be instructed to look for "gluten-free" on their food labels, this would certainly make the whole process much easier.