2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC152
Submitter : Mrs. Susan McWhite Date & Time: 08/24/2005 04:08:12
Organization : Mrs. Susan McWhite
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
As a celiac, gluten-free to me on a label should mean that the product does not contain any gluten. At this time, it takes multiple phone calls to call a manufacturer to ask if their product contains gluten and the ability to get a solid answer determines whether or not I buy the product. If a product is labeled gluten-free, I can assume it's safe for me to eat and I feel comfortable purchasing it. I would love to see a tiered labeling system because then I could make the determination if I wanted 100% gluten free, products with a small amount of gluten or a larger amount. Sometimes I can't tell based on the label, so I skip buying the product. Kraft has been very good about labeling, so I will choose a Kraft product over others - salad dressing, flavored rice cakes, cream cheese, jell-o, pudding, etc. Since I've only been diagnosed for 3 months, I'm very careful to make sure that the products I use do not contain gluten. I've spent about 20 hours so far in the 3 months since diagnosis researching products, calling manufacturers, going to different stores, etc. It would be much easier if the products were just labeled up front and would make a difference to me on which products I purchase. I would buy products from a manufacturer that labeled clearly gluten-free. My husband also eats gluten-free - we do not buy separate pasta or cereal for him even though he does not have celiac.