2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC335
Submitter : Mr. Edwin Kopytko Date & Time: 09/09/2005 05:09:49
Organization : Mr. Edwin Kopytko
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
As a person with Celiac Sprue, much of my time in grocery stores is spent reviewing food labels and consulting with the Gluten Free Product guide produced by the Celiac Sprue Association. I have found that unless the food items are 100% Gluten Free, I suffer from GI distress and/or skin eruptions as a result. Therefore, Gluten Free should mean precisely that, 100% devoid of gluten both in food production and packing. Foods that indicate they are 100% gluten free are wonderful finds. I make it a point to purchase such items in order to allay my fears of illness. Unfortunately, not many foods are labeled gluten free and those that are tend to be expensive. I suspect that many more foods are gluten free but are not labeled as such in the stores and require numerous phone calls to the manufacturers to verify their status. I know that our food bill has almost doubled as a result of purchasing gluten free cereals, snacks, etc., so any assistance in identifying more food options would truly be helpful.