2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC302
Submitter : Mrs. Amanda Hutchison Date & Time: 09/01/2005 05:09:03
Organization : Mrs. Amanda Hutchison
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
Docket # 2005N-0279

1) What should ?gluten-free? mean on a food label? Why?
no traces of gluten.
This way you can look at the label and not have to worry about getting a little gluten and getting sick.
2) How do you identify foods that do not contain gluten? Time spent identifying foods?
I look at labels, call the vendor, look on their websites, buy the gluten free listing from CSA. it could take minutes to days to try to determine if the item is gluten free.
3) What percentage of foods and which types purchased are marked ?gluten-free??
Unless you go to the health food store you dont hardly find the items marked gluten free. I have started to see a few items lately like corn tortilas, hormel pepperoni
4) Does ?gluten-free? printed on a product label influence your decision to purchase products having the same ingredients? To what extent? Example:Two cans of tomato sauce on the shelf both contain only tomatoes and salt and only one is marked gluten-free.
I will buy the one marked gluten free because I dont have to take the chance of it being contaminated somehow

NEW QUESTION

5) Would you consider a two or more level definition of gluten-free helpful?
Yes, this would be very helpful. Some people are not as sensitive so they could do the small traces. Unless it is totally gluten free, it should not have the label gluten free.
Example: If Level A meant the absence of any wheat, barley, rye, oats and any of their derivatives and level B meant the presence of trace amounts, less than "X" parts per million, of wheat, barley, rye, oats and any of their derivatives and level C meant the presence of small amounts, less than "Y" parts per million, wheat, barley, rye, oats and any of their derivatives. (Using "X" and "Y" to identify quantities to be determined by the FDA.)

This would help so many people. The label is there, it just needs to list everything in the item. Thank you so much!! Amanda Hutchison