2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC260
Submitter : Miss. Whitney Dorer Date & Time: 08/29/2005 12:08:32
Organization : Miss. Whitney Dorer
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
To whom it may concern,

1.) Gluten Free on a food label should mean that without looking at the ingredients I know that the company has researched and have been informed about what Gluten Free means, that the product has been made without cross contamination, and that all questionable ingredients such a food starch have been researched and found to be gluten free.

2.) I identify foods that do not contain gluten by first checking to see if they have advertised it as gluten free, even if there is a gluten free label, I will always check the ingredients out of habit. Otherwise I will spend more time than necessary in a store reading all those tiny little unpronouncable ingredients.

3.) I would say that a 1/4 of the gluten free products I buy at the store are marked gluten free. These include cereals, the gluten free bakehouse at Whole Food's ( which I greatly enjoy) and snackbars.

4.) Gluten free printed on a product label will totally influence my decision to purchase the product. It gives me a sense of safety when it comes to consuming the product without fear that I didn't read/call companies to check on the questionable ingredients. If there were two cereals infront of me and one was labeled GF and the other was not, I would quickly choose the one with the GF label. I do this with hopes of encouraging more products to gain a GF label.

Thanks so much for your time, I hope I've helped out a bit!

Sincerely,
WHitney Dorer, 21
Massachusetts