2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC1390
Submitter : Mr. george YOUNG Date & Time: 09/20/2005 06:09:11
Organization : Mr. george YOUNG
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO SEE FOOD LABELS THAT SAY "GLUTEN FREE". THIS PHRASE MUST MEAN TOTALLY GLUTEN-FREE WITH NO EXCEPTIONS FOR EVEN SMALL AMOUNTS OF GLUTEN. EVEN SMALL AMOUNTS OF GLUTEN DRASTICALLY DAMAGE THE VILLI IN THE G.I. TRACT OF GLUTEN SENSITIVE PEOPLE. IT IS NECESSARY TO SPEND A GREAT DEAL OF TIME READING LABELS AND THEN CALLING MANUFACTURERS TO FURTHER CLARIFY EXACTLY WHAT THE LABELS ARE SAYING IN REGARD TO "MODIFIED FOOD STARCH" WHICH CAN INCLUDE WHEAT STARCH AND IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. EATING GLUTEN-FREE IS MANDATORY TO MAINTAIN GOOD HEALTH FOR THE GLUTEN INTOLERANT. THAT IS A HUGE CHALLENGE FOR THE NEWLY DIAGNOSED BECAUSE OF THE WIDESPREAD USAGE OF THE CHEAP WHEAT STARCH THAT IS FOUND IN MANY FOODS AS THICKENER OR TEXTURIZER. WE PURCHASE AT LEAST 50 PERCENT OF FOODS THAT ARE MARKED GLUTEN FREEN AND HAVE NOT CHOICE BUT TO AVOID MANY PRODUCTS THAT ARE INDETERMINATE. EASE OF AVOIDING FOODS THAT CONTAIN GLUTEN IS CRITICAL TO THE MAINTENANCE OF HEALTH FOR MANY ELDERLY OR INFIRM, AND THE CLEAR GLUTEN-FREE LABELING OF THOSE FOODS NOW AVAILABLE WOULD SURELY DECREASE HEATH COSTS OF GLUTEN-SENSITIVE PATIENTS. RECENT STUDIES AT SEVERAL UNIVERSITIES HAVE PROVED THAT A MUCH LARGER POPULATION THAN PREVIOUSLY IDENTIFIED WERE, IN FACT, GLUTEN INTOLERANT/SENSITIVE AND MANY HEALTH COMPLICATIONS, SOME EVEN RESULTING IN A SLOW DEATH, ARE CAUSED BY UNIDENTIFIED GLUTEN IN THE DIET. THANK YOU, GEORGE YOUNG