|2005N-0279||Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting|
|FDA Comment Number :||EC151|
|Submitter :||Mrs. Kathleen Curtiss||Date & Time:||08/24/2005 04:08:48|
|Organization :||Mrs. Kathleen Curtiss|
|Category :||Individual Consumer|
| Gluten free on a food label should mean 100% free of wheat, Rye, Barley, Oats and free from any cross contaminations of any of these grains.
To Identify foods that do not contain gluten, I read labels, call the companies and use reliable sources as the Celiac Sprue Association website. I spend a few hours a week reading labels calling companies and following up with companies to ensure I am given accurate information.
The majority of food I buy is marked gluten-free and comes form the health food store. It is very difficult to buy store brand foods because of their various suppliers.
Gluten-free on a product does influence my decision to buy products . Similiar products may have the same ingredients, but the information on how they are processed is not always listed. I need to be very careful of what I buy. It not only afects me but also my children who one of whichj has celiace diease and another is a carrier of it, who could develop it later in life. One crumb of gluten may not seem alot to a healthy person, but to a celiac that could be the difference from having the villi in your intestines this time not heal and start a spot for cancer or other health issues.